The data available in the WhiteFence Index is derived from the hundreds of thousands of orders that are placed on any one of WhiteFence's Web sites each month for television, phone and high-speed Internet. We are then able to determine popular packages and plans that customers order each day. WhiteFence can also determine the average cost for these communications products based on what our customer base orders through any one of our hundreds of Web sites.
The method for getting the averages for electricity and natural gas differs from the communication categories. As the majority of the United States electricity and natural gas service is regulated, these rates are general public knowledge — but not always the easiest information to find. Due to our widespread relationships with service providers and our knowledge of the energy industry, WhiteFence has been able to get the actual price for each city published in the WhiteFence Index. The price for electricity or gas is based on a unit of measurement either a kWh for electricity or a therm for natural gas. Extensive research was done to ensure that we had accurate usage history for each area in the Index for electricity and natural gas by month. This can vary if you use more or less than the average for your area, what season it may be as well as if you use only electricity or a combination of gas and electric.