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Electricity rates by state (Updated October 2020)

Energy rates vary depending on where you live. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) tracks electricity prices by state. The most recent reports from the EIA show the average residential electricity rate in the U.S. is 13.26 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

According to the EIA, the average Texas electricity rate is 11.82 cents per kWh. Interested in seeing where your state ranks? Our chart below outlines electric rates by state.

Electric rates by state

State Jul-20 Jul-19 Change
Alabama 12.69 12.93 -2%
Alaska 23.99 24.02 0%
Arizona 12.70 12.74 0%
Arkansas 10.74 10.18 6%
California 20.11 19.96 1%
Colorado 12.84 12.72 1%
Connecticut 22.05 21.06 5%
Delaware 11.90 12.21 -3%
Florida 11.71 11.98 -2%
Georgia 12.67 12.52 1%
Idaho 10.81 10.58 2%
Illinois 11.99 11.99 0%
Indiana 12.23 12.22 0%
Iowa 14.74 14.56 1%
Kansas 12.88 12.86 0%
Kentucky 10.55 10.65 -1%
Louisiana 9.34 9.73 -4%
Maine 16.84 17.90 -6%
Maryland 12.24 12.53 -2%
Massachusetts 21.32 20.94 2%
Michigan 16.34 16.42 0%
Minnesota 13.82 14.04 -2%
Mississippi 10.90 11.31 -4%
Missouri 12.58 12.72 -1%
Montana 12.09 12.03 0%
Nebraska 11.67 11.24 4%
Nevada 10.72 11.86 -10%
New Hampshire 18.33 19.41 -6%
New Jersey 16.60 16.11 3%
New Mexico 13.83 12.93 7%
New York 18.73 18.63 1%
North Carolina 11.25 11.51 -2%
North Dakota 11.89 12.33 -4%
Ohio 12.09 12.36 -2%
Oklahoma 10.12 10.48 -3%
Oregon 11.30 11.19 1%
Pennsylvania 13.30 13.83 -4%
Rhode Island 19.52 18.64 5%
South Carolina 12.36 12.72 -3%
South Dakota 12.32 12.26 0%
Tennessee 10.77 10.96 -2%
Texas 11.82 11.90 -1%
Utah 11.09 11.13 0%
Vermont 19.01 17.18 11%
Virginia 12.28 12.16 1%
Washington 9.85 9.72 1%
West Virginia 11.69 11.50 2%
Wisconsin 14.53 14.41 1%
Wyoming 11.89 11.90 0%
Hawaii 28.87 31.42 -8%
U.S. 13.26 13.29 0%

Estimating electric bills in your state

Monthly energy bills in the U.S. are determined by two factors: the location of the home and the amount of electricity it uses. To estimate your monthly energy bill, simply multiply the average U.S. home’s electricity usage (897 kWh) by the cost per kWh in your state for that month. For example, the average cost per kWh for homes in Texas was 11.99 cents, which would result in an average bill of around $106.04 (897 kWh x 11.82 cents).

Use the interactive map below to find your state’s latest average rate, how it compares to other states, and the change from the previous month.

Most expensive electricity rates in the U.S.

State July 2020 July 2019 Change
Hawaii 28.87 31.42 -8%
Alaska 23.99 24.02 0%
Connecticut 22.05 21.06 5%
Massachusetts 21.32 20.94 2%
California 20.11 19.96 1%
Rhode Island 19.52 18.64 5%
Vermont 19.01 17.18 11%
New York 18.73 18.63 1%
New Hampshire 18.33 19.41 -6%
Maine 16.84 17.90 -6%

 

Cheapest electricity rates in the U.S.

State July 20 July 2019 Change
Louisiana 9.34 9.73 -4%
Washington 9.85 9.72 1%
Oklahoma 10.12 10.48 -3%
Kentucky 10.55 10.65 -1%
Nevada 10.72 11.86 -10%
Arkansas 10.74 10.18 6%
Tennessee 10.77 10.96 -2%
Idaho 10.81 10.58 2%
Mississippi 10.90 11.31 -4%
Utah 11.09 11.13 0%

Largest annual increase in electricity rates in the U.S.

State Jul-20 Jul-19 Change
Vermont 19.01 17.18 11%
New Mexico 13.83 12.93 7%
Arkansas 10.74 10.18 6%
Rhode Island 19.52 18.64 5%
Connecticut 22.05 21.06 5%
Nebraska 11.67 11.24 4%
New Jersey 16.60 16.11 3%
Idaho 10.81 10.58 2%
Massachusetts 21.32 20.94 2%
West Virginia 11.69 11.50 2%

Largest annual decrease in electricity rates in the U.S.

State Jul-20 Jul-19 Change
Nevada 10.72 11.86 -10%
Hawaii 28.87 31.42 -8%
Maine 16.84 17.90 -6%
New Hampshire 18.33 19.41 -6%
Louisiana 9.34 9.73 -4%
Pennsylvania 13.30 13.83 -4%
Mississippi 10.90 11.31 -4%
North Dakota 11.89 12.33 -4%
Oklahoma 10.12 10.48 -3%
South Carolina 12.36 12.72 -3%

What is deregulated energy?

If you live in a deregulated area, you have the power to choose your energy provider. Deregulated markets allow energy providers to compete for our business, often leading to lower rates and energy promotions.

Deregulation also frequently results in lower average electric rates. For example, many areas in Texas benefit from the deregulated market – and those benefits are reflected in the state’s low average electricity rates. Here are a few figures from the EIA to consider:

  • Residential electricity rates in Texas are nearly 11 percent lower than the national average.
  • Commercial electricity rates in Texas are about 33 percent lower than the national average.
  • Industrial electricity rates in Texas are about 28 percent lower than the national average.
  • Texas generates the most wind energy in the country and is within the top five states in solar energy.

Deregulated service areas

There are several states with deregulated energy markets.

California Connecticut Illinois
Maine Maryland Massachusetts
New Hampshire New Jersey New York
Ohio Pennsylvania Texas

Houston Electricity Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Express Energy - Flash 12 - with Auto Pay 12 months $0.058 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Deluxe 12 12 months $0.059 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Best Value 12 12 months $0.059 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Saver 12 12 months $0.060 / kWh
Just Energy - Power Plus 12 12 months $0.061 / kWh
4Change Energy - Maxx Saver 12 12 months $0.067 / kWh
Constellation - 12 Month Flat Tier Product 12 months $0.080 / kWh
Cirro - Smart Value 12 Online 12 months $0.088 / kWh
Discount Power - Value Plus 12 12 months $0.108 / kWh
TXU Energy - Smart Edge 12 12 months $0.109 / kWh
Iberdrola Texas - Wind By TX 36 36 months $0.113 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred 36 months $0.114 / kWh
First Choice Power - You Got This 36 36 months $0.118 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 18 18 months $0.118 / kWh
Direct Energy - Live Brighter 36 36 months $0.120 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Golden Eagle 36 months $0.122 / kWh
Chariot Energy - Green Saver 36 36 months $0.133 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan 1 month $0.145 / kWh

Please note: All rates above are accurate as of 10/22/2020, 9:34:11 AM CDT for ZIP Code 77057. Rates may have changed since this date/time. For the most up to date rates in your area, please enter your zip code above.

Dallas Electricity Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Express Energy - Flash 12 - with Auto Pay 12 months $0.052 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Best Value 12 12 months $0.053 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Deluxe 12 12 months $0.053 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Saver 12 12 months $0.054 / kWh
4Change Energy - Maxx Saver 12 12 months $0.061 / kWh
Just Energy - Power Plus 12 12 months $0.068 / kWh
Constellation - 9 Month Usage Bill Credit 9 months $0.077 / kWh
Cirro - Smart Value 12 Online 12 months $0.083 / kWh
TXU Energy - Smart Edge 12 12 months $0.099 / kWh
Discount Power - Value Plus 12 12 months $0.101 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 18 18 months $0.107 / kWh
Iberdrola Texas - Wind By TX 36 36 months $0.108 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred 36 months $0.109 / kWh
First Choice Power - You Got This 36 36 months $0.110 / kWh
Direct Energy - Live Brighter 36 36 months $0.112 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Golden Eagle 36 months $0.114 / kWh
Chariot Energy - Green Saver 36 36 months $0.121 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan 1 month $0.141 / kWh

Please note: All rates above are accurate as of 10/22/2020, 9:34:10 AM CDT for ZIP Code 75001. Rates may have changed since this date/time. For the most up to date rates in your area, please enter your zip code above.

Fort Worth Electricity Rates

Plan Name Plan Length Rate
Express Energy - Flash 12 - with Auto Pay 12 months $0.052 / kWh
Frontier Utilities - Best Value 12 12 months $0.053 / kWh
Gexa Energy - Gexa Saver Deluxe 12 12 months $0.053 / kWh
Pulse Power - Texas Saver 12 12 months $0.054 / kWh
4Change Energy - Maxx Saver 12 12 months $0.061 / kWh
Just Energy - Power Plus 12 12 months $0.068 / kWh
Constellation - 9 Month Usage Bill Credit 9 months $0.077 / kWh
Cirro - Smart Value 12 Online 12 months $0.083 / kWh
TXU Energy - Smart Edge 12 12 months $0.099 / kWh
Discount Power - Value Plus 12 12 months $0.101 / kWh
Reliant - Secure Advantage 18 18 months $0.107 / kWh
Iberdrola Texas - Wind By TX 36 36 months $0.108 / kWh
Green Mountain - Pollution Free e-Plus 36 Preferred 36 months $0.109 / kWh
First Choice Power - You Got This 36 36 months $0.110 / kWh
Direct Energy - Live Brighter 36 36 months $0.112 / kWh
TriEagle Energy - Golden Eagle 36 months $0.114 / kWh
Chariot Energy - Green Saver 36 36 months $0.121 / kWh
Payless Power - SmarTricity Premier 12 - Prepaid Plan 1 month $0.141 / kWh

Please note: All rates above are accurate as of 10/22/2020, 9:34:11 AM CDT for ZIP Code 76006. Rates may have changed since this date/time. For the most up to date rates in your area, please enter your zip code above.

Calculating energy consumption per kWh

It’s important to understand how your energy consumption is calculated when comparing electric plans. Understanding your household’s average energy usage can help you find the right plan to fit your needs when shopping on the SaveOnEnergy marketplace – and you might even discover new ways to save on your energy consumption.

If you’re interested in calculating your household’s energy usage, see our calculation guide. Once you understand your consumption, enter your ZIP code above to begin comparing electric rates in your area.

Frequently asked questions

How much energy does the average household consume?

The average American residential household consumes about 897 kWh per month.

Which states consume the most energy?

The EIA reported North Dakota consumes the most residential energy per capita.

Which state consumes the least energy?

According to the EIA, Hawaii consumes the least amount of residential energy per capita.

What influences electricity rates in my area?

There are several factors that can impact how much you pay for electricity, including:

  • Location
  • Seasonality
  • Weather conditions
  • Consumption habits
  • Fuel costs
  • Power grid operation and functionality

How can I lower my monthly energy bill?

The most reliable way to lower your electric bill is by cutting down on your energy consumption. The SaveOnEnergy Learning Center has several helpful guides with tips on how to reduce your energy usage.

However, you will only be able to save so much if you are locked into an energy plan with a high rate. If you are interested in securing a lower energy rate or finding a new plan, SaveOnEnergy is here to help. Enter your ZIP code above or call the number on your screen to see available rates in your area.

Shop electricity rates with SaveOnEnergy

With the SaveOnEnergy marketplace, you can shop and compare electricity plans to find a rate and plan to fit your energy needs. We’ll show you today’s low rates from trusted energy providers in your area. Simply enter your ZIP code to get started!

  1. Shop cheap electricity rates. We work with top retail electricity providers to ensure that our customers get the best quality product and service. Our online marketplace allows you to customize and filter options to show electricity rates and plans that fit your needs.
  2. Sign up easily. If you’re confident in your choice, you can sign up online. If you’re not sure which plan to choose or you’d like to go over a plan’s details, call to speak to one of our energy experts. Either way, the process is quick and easy.
  3. Start saving. After you sign up for your electricity plan, your energy provider will handle the rest. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your retail energy choice.

Energy resources

Ready to learn more about the ins and outs of energy? Here are a few important resources that can help answer your questions.

(Latest update Oct. 2, 2020)

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