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Electricity rates by state

The average residential electricity rate in the U.S. is 15.95 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

(Updated November 2, 2022)

The average electric price a business customer in the United States pays for electricity is 13.45 cents per kWh.

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 15.95 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

According to the EIA, the average Texas electricity rate is 13.93 cents per kWh. Interested in seeing where your state ranks? Our chart below outlines residential electric rates by state.

Electric rates by state

State August 2022August 2021% Change
Alabama 15.59 ¢/kWh 13.49 ¢/kWh 15.6%
Alaska 23.73 ¢/kWh 23.31 ¢/kWh 1.8%
Arizona 13.18 ¢/kWh 12.59 ¢/kWh 4.7%
Arkansas 12.62 ¢/kWh 11.47 ¢/kWh 10 %
California 27.27 ¢/kWh 23.34 ¢/kWh 16.8%
Colorado 14.86 ¢/kWh 13.56 ¢/kWh 9.6%
Connecticut 26.64 ¢/kWh 20.75 ¢/kWh 28.4%
Delaware 13.36 ¢/kWh 12.19 ¢/kWh 9.6%
Florida 14.11 ¢/kWh 11.95 ¢/kWh 18.1%
Georgia 16.20 ¢/kWh 13.32 ¢/kWh 21.6%
Hawaii 45.73 ¢/kWh 33.14 ¢/kWh 38%
Idaho 10.76 ¢/kWh 10.74 ¢/kWh 0.2%
Illinois 16.99 ¢/kWh 12.89 ¢/kWh 31.8%
Indiana 15.64 ¢/kWh 13.43 ¢/kWh 16.5%
Iowa 15.25 ¢/kWh 14.59 ¢/kWh 4.5%
Kansas 14.91 ¢/kWh 13.04 ¢/kWh 14.3%
Kentucky 13.53 ¢/kWh 11.63 ¢/kWh 16.3%
Louisiana 13.85 ¢/kWh 11.47 ¢/kWh 20.7%
Maine 21.18 ¢/kWh 17.14 ¢/kWh 23.6%
Maryland 14.31 ¢/kWh 12.91 ¢/kWh 10.8%
Massachusetts 26.66 ¢/kWh 22.19 ¢/kWh 20.1.%
Michigan 17.90 ¢/kWh 17.86 ¢/kWh 0.2%
Minnesota 15.12 ¢/kWh 13.93 ¢/kWh 8.5%
Mississippi 12.61 ¢/kWh 11.63 ¢/kWh 8.4%
Missouri 14.63 ¢/kWh 13.21 ¢/kWh 10.7%
Montana 11.55 ¢/kWh 11.63 ¢/kWh -0.7%
Nebraska 11.73 ¢/kWh 11.64 ¢/kWh 0.8%
Nevada 13.58 ¢/kWh 10.99 ¢/kWh 23.6%
New Hampshire27.47 ¢/kWh 19.59 ¢/kWh 40.2%
New Jersey 17.35 ¢/kWh 16.79 ¢/kWh 3.3%
New Mexico 15.09 ¢/kWh 14.53 ¢/kWh 3.9%
New York 21.20 ¢/kWh 19.91 ¢/kWh 6.5%
North Carolina 1240 ¢/kWh 11.51 ¢/kWh 7.7%
North Dakota 12.72 ¢/kWh 11.97 ¢/kWh 6.3%
Ohio 15.08 ¢/kWh 13.02 ¢/kWh 15.8%
Oklahoma 14.45 ¢/kWh 11.41 ¢/kWh 26.6%
Oregon 11.59 ¢/kWh 11.52 ¢/kWh 0.6%
Pennsylvania 16.50 ¢/kWh 13.89 ¢/kWh 18.8%
Rhode Island 21.49 ¢/kWh 20.35 ¢/kWh 5.6%
South Carolina 14.85 ¢/kWh 13.13 ¢/kWh 13.1%
South Dakota 13.03 ¢/kWh 12.83 ¢/kWh 1.6%
Tennessee 13.98 ¢/kWh 11.23 ¢/kWh 24.5%
Texas 13.93 ¢/kWh 11.91 ¢/kWh 17%
Utah 11.43 ¢/kWh 11.01 ¢/kWh 3.8%
Vermont 20.20 ¢/kWh 19.12 ¢/kWh 5.6%
Virginia 14.35 ¢/kWh 12.90 ¢/kWh 11.2%
Washington 10.37 ¢/kWh 10.27 ¢/kWh 1%
West Virginia 13.86 ¢/kWh 12.22 ¢/kWh 13.4%
Wisconsin 15.79 ¢/kWh 14.46 ¢/kWh 9.2%
Wyoming 11.88 ¢/kWh 11.65 ¢/kWh 2%
United States 15.95 ¢/kWh 13.95 ¢/kWh 14.3%

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. You can use the SaveOnEnergy usage calculator to estimate the amount of electricity your home consumes.

If you’d rather estimate your monthly energy bill on your own, simply multiply the average U.S. home’s electricity usage (893 kWh) by the cost per kWh in your state for that month. For example, the average cost per kWh for homes in Arizona in August was 13.18 cents, which would result in an average bill of around $117.69(893 kWh x 13.18cents).

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.

StateAugust 2022August 2021% Change
Hawaii 45.73 ¢/kWh 33.14 ¢/kWh 38%
New Hampshire 27.47 ¢/kWh 19.59 ¢/kWh 40.2%
California 27.27 ¢/kWh 23.34 ¢/kWh 16.8%
Massachusetts 26.66 ¢/kWh 22.19 ¢/kWh 20.1%
Connecticut 26.64 ¢/kWh 20.75 ¢/kWh 28.4%
Alaska 23.73 ¢/kWh 23.31 ¢/kWh 1.8%
Rhode Island 21.49 ¢/kWh 20.35 ¢/kWh 5.6%
New York 21.20 ¢/kWh 19.91 ¢/kWh 6.5%
Maine 21.18 ¢/kWh 17.14 ¢/kWh 23.6%
Vermont 20.20 ¢/kWh 19.12 ¢/kWh 5.6%

Cheapest electricity rates in the U.S.

StateAugust 2022August 2021% Change
Washington 10.37 ¢/kWh10.27 ¢/kWh 1%
Idaho 10.76 ¢/kWh 10.74 ¢/kWh 0.2%
Utah 11.43 ¢/kWh11.01 ¢/kWh 3.8%
Montana 11.55 ¢/kWh11.63 ¢/kWh -0.7%
Oregon 11.59 ¢/kWh 11.52 ¢/kWh 0.6%
Nebraska 11.73 ¢/kWh11.64 ¢/kWh 0.8%
Wyoming 11.88 ¢/kWh 11.65 ¢/kWh 2%
North Carolina 12.40 ¢/kWh11.51 ¢/kWh 7.7%
Mississippi12.61 ¢/kWh 11.63 ¢/kWh 8.4%
Arkansas 12.62 ¢/kWh 11.47 ¢/kWh 10%

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

State August 2022August 2021% Change
New Hampshire 27.47 ¢/kWh 19.59 ¢/kWh 40.2%
Hawaii 45.73 ¢/kWh 33.14 ¢/kWh38%
Illinois 16.99 ¢/kWh 12.89 ¢/kWh 31.8%
Connecticut26.64 ¢/kWh 20.75 ¢/kWh 28.4%
Oklahoma14.45 ¢/kWh 11.41 ¢/kWh 26.6%
Tennessee13.98 ¢/kWh 11.23 ¢/kWh 24.5%
Maine 21.18 ¢/kWh 17.14 ¢/kWh 23.6%
Nevada 13.58 ¢/kWh 10.99 ¢/kWh 23.6%
Georgia16.20 ¢/kWh 13.32 ¢/kWh 21.6%
Louisiana13.85 ¢/kWh 11.47 ¢/kWh 20.7%

Only one state experienced a decrease in electricity rates from August 2021 to August 2022, Montana (-0.7).

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 more than 12.66 percent lower than the national average.
  • Commercial electricity rates in Texas are about 25.35 percent lower than the national average.
  • Industrial electricity rates in Texas are more than 21.60 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

Electricity rates in my area

As mentioned above, electricity rates vary according to where you live. Even within a state, this is true. In Texas, for example, rates vary according to the utility that serves your region. That’s why it’s important to concentrate on your location. Your question may well be: How do I find electric rates near me? Or How can I search for electricity rates in my area?

With SaveOnEnergy, you don’t have to start a complicated search and scour through the results just to answer those questions. Instead of that search for “electricity rates in my area,” simply enter your ZIP code on this page. No matter which state or region of a state you live in, you’ll see rates specific to your area.

Those rates will come from respected providers or suppliers.

See rates below for some Texas cities.

Calculating energy consumption per kWh

It’s important to understand how your energy consumption is calculated when comparing electricity 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.

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.

Frequently asked questions

  • The average American residential household consumes about 893 kWh per month.

  • The EIA reported Louisiana consumes the most residential energy per capita.

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

  • 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
  • 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 explore available rates in your area.

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