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Memphis residential utility bills continually rank the lowest in cost
May 19, 2016

For the past four years, Memphis Light, Gas and Water has offered the lowest price for utilities among selected cities across the country.

Each year, we strive to not only deliver the best possible price but also the highest quality of service. One way that we measure our operations is to see how Memphis stacks up against other cities when it comes to gauging typical winter bills.

We survey over 50 cities, including many that are geographically close to Memphis, as well as utilities that are similar in size. All costs covered in this survey are based on published rates effective Jan. 1, 2016.

MLGW started collecting data on rates in the early 1990s. Memphis continues to outperform many cities in terms of what customers pay for electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services. Since 2013, Memphis has earned the top spot four years running for having the lowest combined typical winter residential utility bill of those surveyed.

Last year, a typical winter residential bill was $251.06. This year, the bill fell slightly to $243.79, a difference of $7.27. Due to falling gas prices and a drop in electric rates, MLGW customers are paying less this year than last year. MLGW’s financial management remains a driving force in keeping utility bills as low as possible.

MLGW is the largest three-service municipal utility system in the nation. It delivers electricity, natural gas and water throughout Memphis and Shelby County.

2016 Utility Bill Comparisons for Selected U.S. Cities