Powering Up: Understanding Utilities in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Utilities

Moving to a new city can be very stressful. There are so many different things you need to consider like where to live, where will you work, what schools your children will go to, etc. However, one thing people forget to consider is what utilities will you need in Virginia Beach.

There are several different utilities you will need in Virginia Beach, Virginia. You will need to consider water, sewage, electricity, natural gas, cable, internet, and trash pickup among others. 

Keep reading to learn about what services are available to you if you choose to live in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Public Works

Water and Sewer Service in Virginia Beach

When moving to a new area, considering your water source is crucial. In Virginia Beach, the Department of Public Utilities manages the city's water service. They charge $5.20 per 1000 gallons of water.

As for the sewer system, it is overseen by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD). The cost of sewer service varies depending on your housing type. For a single-family home, the associated cost is $31.58.

Electricity Provider in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Choosing the right electrical provider for your home in Virginia is just as crucial as securing water. Dominion Energy, the largest electrical provider in the state, serves over 2.5 million homes and is the exclusive provider for Virginia Beach.

As per their website, the average residential rate ranges between $0.11 and $0.13 per kilowatt-hour. Usage can vary significantly based on the seasons. I would suggest you consider signing up for budget billing, offering a fixed monthly payment for better financial planning, regardless of seasonal fluctuations.

Electrical Towers

Virginia Beach Natural Gas Provider

Both your home and water can be heated using natural gas, depending on your house's equipment. Similar to electricity, you'll need to sign up with a natural gas provider if necessary.

In Virginia Beach and most of Hampton Roads, Virginia Natural Gas is the primary natural gas provider. Operating since 1850, this company serves over 300,000 customers in the region. While pricing fluctuates throughout the year and tends to be higher in winter, similar to Dominion Power, Virginia Natural Gas also offers a budget bill for better financial planning.

Cable and Internet Providers in Virginia Beach

In today’s world, maintaining connections with family and friends is paramount. Ensuring access to the internet and cable is a top priority for residents in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Fortunately, there are several options for cable and internet services within the city.

The primary cable and internet provider in Virginia Beach is Cox Communications, offering widespread coverage. Additionally, Verizon and Verizon FiOS are available in select areas. However, for more rural parts, like the southeastern area around Pungo, residents may need to explore alternatives such as satellite internet instead of hardwired cable.

Verizon Virginia Beach

Trash and Recycling Services in Virginia Beach

The city imposes a residential property tax of $0.99 per $100 of assessed value. This tax is the lowest rate in all the cities of Hampton Roads, Virginia.

While many city services are funded through these charges, trash and recycling services are among those covered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The city provides weekly curbside trash and recycling pick-up services throughout the area.

When moving to Virginia Beach, you will have many things on your plate. In addition to the utilities mentioned above, there are other costs associated with living in Virginia Beach. To learn more about these costs, check out the video below or my blog article here.

If there is anything you think I missed or you have any questions about the city, please comment below or reach out to me here.

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DJ Parker is your local Realtor and guide to Hampton Roads, Virginia. As a native of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, Virginia for over 30 years, he has the local knowledge you need. He has helped clients with Real Estate throughout Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk and all of Hampton Roads Virginia.

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