In order to find the monthly budget for utility bills in single family homes, Trulia and UtitlityScore teamed up. Trulia staffer Felipe Chacon breaks down the numbers and highlights some of the more noteworthy information of utilities such as the median annual bill for a single family home ($2,715).

Chacon also compares the effects that utilities have on affordability based on where you live:

Owners and renters in single family homes who reside in places with lower home values such as Detroit and Pittsburgh can be paying just as much for utilities on average as they do for their mortgage or rent payments. For residents in the most expensive metros like San Francisco or Honolulu on the other hand, utilities are just as high in dollar amounts, but look trivial after getting past monthly housing costs.

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