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Gas, Electricity, Water in New York City


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New York ranks as the 5th most expensive state for utilities. To get an idea of the average cost of utilities per month in New York (data: Feb, 2019), here you can find some average monthly expenses:
Example of utility costs in NYC:

  • Electricity: $150
  • Natural Gas: $100
  • Internet (60 Mbps): $60
  • Cable: $100 (national average)
  • Water: $40 (national average)
  • Total Cost: $450

Nevertheless, smart energy usage, the size of your home, and how frequently you use each utility, can make a vast difference in price. To find out about which provider to use for your water, gas, electric, cable, etc. needs, dps.ny.gov/ webpage offers a full list of New York State's recommended utility providers.

To set-up an account, you usually need ID, proof of residence, possible approval by landlord, and occasionally a small deposit.

Gas Services

Natural gas can be used for domestic central heating, cooking, fireplaces, etc. It is piped underground and connected to properties, so there is no need to store it. If you're renting in NYC, gas will probably be included in the rent.

In recent years, the gas supply market has been gradually opened to competition. Therefore, all business and residential customers are now able to choose their own supplier.

Major Gas Suppliers in NYC:

Both these providers allow for alternate Energy Services Company (ESCO). Shop around for the best price and service in your area. To find more natural gas suppliers in New York click here.

Electricity Services

Electric utilities in New York are regulated by the Public Service Department (PSC) 14-M-0101 Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

Electricity in NYC is mainly provided by ConEdison. Power sources for New Yorkers include sustainable sources such as wind and solar power. Electricity prices averaged 15-21 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

To open an account, call 1-800-752-6633 (or 1-212-243-1900 if calling from outside the city), or apply online.

Other electricity suppliers in New York state:

US Plugs and Voltage

The standard electricity voltage in the US is 110 to 120 volts at 60Hz, with two flat blades. However, the plugs on some newer appliances have a third round grounding pin.

If you are coming to the US, you should check any electrical appliances you wish to bring with you in advance to ensure that you can use them upon your arrival.

Water Services

New York City's water supply relies on a mix of aqueducts, 18 reservoirs and dozens of tunnels to accommodate New York City residents and visitors. If you are renting an apartment in NYC, water is usually included in your rent.

Public water mains are administered and maintained by 3 main authorities. This water is supplied to homes and businesses in urban areas.

Water service is determined by geographic location and what company serves the area. Water is very cheap (~$2.60/100ft3, including sewer). To find out about the full list of the most popular water services suppliers in New York click here.

Update 13/02/2020


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