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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new report says West Virginians paid less for utilities in 2012 than in the previous year, primarily because of a decline in natural gas utility rates.

The report released Wednesday by the Public Service Commission's Consumer Advocate Division says the average West Virginia utility customer paid $277.22 a month for gas, electricity, water and telephone service in 2012. That's a 5.3% drop from 2011, when the average monthly cost was $292.81.

Utility rates ranged from $262.67 in Logan to $295.66 in Bluefield.