Consumer Expenditure Survey

Section 4, Part C - Utilities and Fuels for Owned and Rented Properties - Utilities and Fuels for Owned and Rented Properties

Section 4, Part C collects expenditures on fuels and utilities for the consumer unit residence and other owned properties, including electricity, natural gas, other fuels, water service, sewer maintenance, garbage collection, and cable television or satellite service.

Now I am going to ask about utility bills. Please refer to any billing statements or other records you have when answering these questions. Report any utility bill you have received, even if the bill has not been paid.

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Since the first of the reference month, have you or any members of your CU received any bills for any of the following utilities, fuels, or services? Do not include bills for rented vacation properties or properties used entirely for business.
* Read each item on list:

  1. Electricity
  2. Natural or utility gas
  3. Fuel oil
  4. Kerosene
  5. Bottled or tank gas
  6. Wood
  7. Coal
  8. Other fuels
  9. Piped-in water
  10. Sewerage maintenance
  11. Trash/garbage collection
  12. Water softening service
  13. Septic tank cleaning
  14. Cable TV, satellite services, or community antenna, not already reported
  15. Internet connection and other computer data services not already reported


  16. None/No more entries

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Which property was the bill for?

  1. Rented sample unit
  2. Other rental unit
  3. Property not owned or rented by CU

* Briefly describe the property. [enter text] _____________

What is the name of the company or government agency which provides the utilities, fuels, or services? [enter text] _____________

How many utilities, fuels, or services bills were received? [enter value] _____________

* Ask if not apparent
What period of time was covered by the "1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc." bill?

  1. Month
  2. 2 months
  3. Quarter
  4. Other - specify

* Specify:[enter text] _____________

Will any part of the utilities, fuels, or services charges be deducted as a business expense?

  1. Yes
  2. No

* Does the respondent have a bill or statement showing the charges?
Answer NO if only checkbook records are being used.

  1. Yes
  2. No

What was the amount of the "1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc." bill? [enter value] _____________

* Enter 'C' for a combined expense

  1. C
  2. Not combined

What other utilities, fuels, or services was the above services charge combined with?
* Enter all that apply

  1. Electricity
  2. Natural or utility gas
  3. Fuel oil
  4. Kerosene
  5. Bottled or tank gas
  6. Wood
  7. Coal
  8. Other fuels
  9. Piped-in water
  10. Sewerage maintenance
  11. Trash/garbage collection
  12. Water softening service
  13. Septic tank cleaning
  14. Cable TV, satellite services, or community antenna, not already reported
  15. Internet connection and other computer data services not already reported


  16. Misc. combined (unable to specify/DK)

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In what month was the bill received? [enter text] _____________

* Ask if not apparent.

What was the unit-of-measure, such as kilowatt hours, gallons, cubic feet, or therms?

  1. 10. Kilowatt hours (KWH)
  2. Hundreds of KWH
  3. Thousands of KWH
  4. Cubic feet
  5. Hundreds of cubic feet
  6. Thousands of cubic feet
  7. Therms
  8. Gallons
  9. Hundreds of gallons
  10. Thousands of gallons
  11. BTUs
  12. Hundreds of BTUs
  13. Thousands of BTUs
  14. Other - specify

* Specify:[enter text] _____________

What was the quantity of the utilities, fuels, or services consumed on the "1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc." bill? [enter text] _____________

Did this bill include any charges for merchandise, repairs, or other services which were not part of the cost of utilities, fuels, or services?

  1. Yes
  2. No

How much were these charges? [enter value] _____________

Did you receive any other utilities, fuels, or services bills?

  1. Yes
  2. No

End of Section 4C

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Last Modified Date: October 11, 2005

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