Consumer Expenditure Survey

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

Section 4, Part D collects expenditures on fuels and utilities for the consumer unit residence and other owned properties as well as rented vacation 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. Please remember to include any bills you receive or pay online or have automatically deducted. Report any utility bill you have received, even if the bill has not been paid.

  1. Enter 1 to Continue

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 properties used entirely for business.
* Read each item on list:

  1. Electricity
  2. Natural or utility gas
  3. Fuel oil
  4. Bottled or tank gas
  5. Other fuels including wood
  6. Piped-in water
  7. Sewerage maintenance
  8. Trash/garbage collection
  9. Water softening service
  10. Septic tank cleaning
  11. None/No more entries

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Which property was the bill for?

  1. Rented sample unit
  2. Other rental unit
  3. Rented vacation property
  4. 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] _____________

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

How much were you billed for in the reference month? [enter value] _____________

How much were you billed for in 2nd month of the reference period? [enter value] _____________

How much were you billed for in last month (of the reference period)? [enter value] _____________

What is your usual billing period for the service?

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

* Specify:[enter text] _____________

* 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. Bottled or tank gas
  5. Other fuels including wood
  6. Piped-in water
  7. Sewerage maintenance
  8. Trash/garbage collection
  9. Water softening service
  10. Septic tank cleaning
  11. Misc. combined (unable to specify/DK)

For definitions Information Booklet »

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

  1. Yes
  2. No

End of Section 4D

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Last Modified Date: April 16, 2009

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