With All the Talk About the Price of Energy, Where Should You Live?
Currently the economy in the U.S. is moving to become healthy and vibrant again. Until it does Americans are looking for ways to save money and cut back spending within their own personal budgets. Some are cutting out indulging in expensive coffees through the week, others are eating out a little less, and some are even learning to reconstruct much of their lifestyle like downsizing homes, clothing, cars, and so many other things.
There are a few things, however, that people have to pay no matter what they want to cut, and that can include things like housing utilities. With the national monthly average running around $250 per household, it might be good to know where in the U.S. you can find utilities that are more affordable, so that if you are looking to make major changes you may know where to head for a lower cost of living.
Low-Cost Energy Areas in the United States
Dalton, Georgia is touted as being one of the homes to more affordable utility and energy costs. While the national average electrical rate alone was around $117.60, Dalton’s was $96.88. Dalton is a beautiful and quaint town in northwest GA, sitting at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dalton has actually been ranked #32 on the Emerging Metropolitan Areas lists, and is even considered a growing ‘green’ city.
Although New York City is known to be more expensive as a place to live, it really isn’t bad considering all you are getting from the city. NYC is filled with top of line restaurants, entertainment, culture, and a plethora of professional and work opportunities that many people can only dream about. If you go with traditional city energy, you may pay a little more than the national average. But if you check out newyorkenergyrates.com, you can find cheaper cost alternatives, including affordable green and environmental friendly options.
Chattanooga, Tennessee is another great place to live that records lower energy costs. In comparison to the national average cost of living and monthly utilities, Chattanooga runs about 6% below the nation’s average. This eastern Tennessee city is a wonderful place to live because it is surrounded by gorgeous mountains, the amazing Tennessee River, and a number of other waterways and lakes. It is also a place where you can experience all four seasons, but none of them being too extreme in temperature. And with a population of around 500,000 it is considered a bigger city; however it never loses the small town down home feel.
Sitting 15% below the national average of energy costs Pueblo, Colorado is a very affordable place to live. In addition to their low utility cost index, their housing costs are phenomenally low as well ranking 26% below the national average. Pueblo also makes the Best Places to live listing at #20. This city is a great place for people who love the outdoors as there are many hiking and walking trails, lakes and rivers to canoe and swim in as well as other activities like skiing, horseback riding, and golfing. Pueblo is a delightful area to live in, and especially raise a family in if that is something you are looking for.
Finding a hometown that is affordable and has everything you want can seem like a daunting task at times. But with a little research and a willingness to be open, the chances are very good that you can find a great place to live that won’t break you budget.
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