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What is the average cost of utilities?

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The average monthly cost of utilities for the standard American household was $320 in 2013. These utilities included monthly bills for electricity, fuel for heating and cooking, phone service, and trash collection, according to Value Penguin.

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The average annual cost of utilities and other household operational costs for the average American household was $7,068 in 2013. This amounted to 11 percent of the average household budget. Other household operational costs included babysitting, housecleaning, pest control and laundry. Approximately 71 percent of households reported spending on average of $132 per month on these household operational expenses. More than half of households reported spending an average of $2,209 per year on household furnishings and equipment, such as bath towels, computers and furniture, according to Value Penguin.

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