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(published May 3, 2008)

People who are moving to the Tri-Cities always ask me how much they can expect to pay for their utilities. My husband pays the bills, so I don’t know.

Well didn’t know until I asked. Here’s what he told me –

Water base rate: $34/month
Water consumption: anywhere from $5/month (winter) to $75/month (summer)
(Add the base and consumption together for total water bill)

Trash: $16/month

Electricity (winter): $225/month on average
Electricity (summer): $175/month on average
These numbers are for a four-person household, in a fifteen-year-old house in West Richland. Like with any figure estimate, your mileage will vary.

The local news recently detailed why we pay less than many areas around the country. It’s all the water – hydropower, my friends. Cheap, plentiful and renewable. Excellent!

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