The SaveOnEnergy.com® Electricity Bill Report: Who paid the most, least?

November 5, 2021   By Save On Energy Team

The SaveOnEnergy.com® Electricity Bill Report: Who paid the most, least?

(last updated November 5, 2021)

Electricity bills are relentless – they come every month, and there’s little alternative except to pay them. But some months are more painful for residential electricity than others. Most state electricity comparisons are made on the basis of electricity rates, usually expressed in cents per kilowatt-hours (kWh). It’s a number that doesn’t mean much to average users, who care more about that figure on the bottom line of their electricity bills.

That’s why we publish the SaveOnEnergy.com® Electricity Bill Report, a monthly look factoring the latest average state energy rates and average power usage in each state to show what’s happening with the monthly electricity bills across the country. The November 2021 Report uses the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s data for August to show that Utah residents have it best when it comes to electricity bills. On the other side, Hawaii residents pay the highest electricity bills of any state.

How does your state stack up?

10 states with the lowest electricity bills

State August rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill
Utah 11.01 769 $84.67
Illinois 12.89 721 $92.94
Colorado 13.56 711 $96.41
New Mexico 14.53 670 $97.35
Maine 17.14 570 $97.70
Washington 10.27 969 $99.52
Montana 11.63 858 $99.79
Wisconsin 14.46 694 $100.35
Wyoming 11.65 869 $101.24
Idaho 10.74 955 $102.57

Digging into those numbers provides some surprises. New Mexico residents paid 14.53 cents/kWh for electricity – the 14th-highest rate in the country. So how do they have low bills? Their monthly usage is the 10th-lowest in the country.

Meanwhile, Louisiana, which recorded the eighth-lowest residential electricity rate of 11.49 cents/kWh in August – is nowhere to be found among the 10 states with the lowest bills. That’s because residents average the highest usage in the country – 1,201 kilowatt-hours per month.

Which states have the highest bills?

What about the other side of the equation? Florida’s rates – 11.97 cents/kWh – are the nation’s 16th-lowest, but high usage pushes residents’ bills to the 9th-highest in the nation. Florida residents’ average bills are over $50 more than the average in Utah.

10 states with the highest electricity bills

State August rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill
Hawaii 33.15 537 $178.02
Alabama 13.53 1,145 $154.92
Connecticut 20.75 711 $147.53
Georgia 13.37 1,081 $144.53
South Carolina 13.17 1,081 $142.37
Virginia 12.92 1,095 $141.47
Arizona 12.59 1,114 $140.25
Louisiana 11.49 1,201 $137.99
Florida 11.97 1,142 $136.70
Texas 12.03 1,132 $136.18

We’ve outlined the best and the worst bills. See how your state did in this chart (1 = lowest bills):

Average electricity bills in all 50 states

State August rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill Cost ranking
Alabama 13.53 1,145 $154.92 49
Alaska 23.31 552 $128.67 33
Arizona 12.59 1,114 $140.25 44
Arkansas 11.49 1,060 $121.79 25
California 23.35 572 $133.56 37
Colorado 13.56 711 $96.41 3
Connecticut 20.75 711 $147.53 48
Delaware 12.19 932 $113.61 15
Florida 11.97 1,142 $136.70 42
Georgia 13.37 1,081 $144.53 47
Hawaii 33.15 537 $178.02 50
Idaho 10.74 955 $102.57 10
Illinois 12.89 721 $92.94 2
Indiana 13.43 938 $125.97 30
Iowa 14.59 865 $126.20 31
Kansas 13.07 883 $115.41 18
Kentucky 11.63 1,073 $124.79 29
Louisiana 11.49 1,201 $137.99 43
Maine 17.14 570 $97.70 5
Maryland 12.91 957 $123.55 28
Massachusetts 22.25 602 $133.95 39
Michigan 17.86 676 $120.73 23
Minnesota 13.93 775 $107.96 13
Mississippi 11.67 1,146 $133.74 38
Missouri 13.21 1,028 $135.80 40
Montana 11.63 858 $99.79 7
Nebraska 11.64 1,013 $117.91 20
Nevada 10.99 973 $106.93 12
New Hampshire 19.59 630 $123.42 27
New Jersey 16.78 683 $114.61 17
New Mexico 14.53 670 $97.35 4
New York 19.92 602 $119.92 21
North Carolina 11.54 1,041 $120.13 22
North Dakota 11.97 1,085 $129.87 34
Ohio 13.08 873 $114.19 16
Oklahoma 11.43 1,078 $123.22 26
Oregon 11.52 916 $105.52 11
Pennsylvania 13.89 846 $117.51 19
Rhode Island 20.35 594 $120.88 24
South Carolina 13.17 1,081 $142.37 46
South Dakota 12.83 1,037 $133.05 36
Tennessee 11.23 1,168 $131.17 35
Texas 12.03 1,132 $136.18 41
Utah 11.01 769 $84.67 1
Vermont 19.12 567 $108.41 14
Virginia 12.92 1,095 $141.47 45
Washington 10.27 969 $99.52 6
West Virginia 12.22 1,051 $128.43 32
Wisconsin 14.46 694 $100.35 8
Wyoming 11.65 869 $101.24 9
United States 13.99 893 $124.93

How have electricity bills changed since last year?

Bills in Louisiana increased by the greatest percentage from a year ago, going up 22.1 percent since August 2020. Bills increased year-over-year in 38 states.

10 states with the largest increase in electricity bills

State August 2021 avg. bill August 2020 avg. bill % change
Louisiana $137.99 $113.01 22.1%
Hawaii $178.02 $155.03 14.8%
California $133.56 $118.75 12.5%
Oklahoma $123.22 $110.93 11.1%
Arkansas $121.79 $110.98 9.7%
Indiana $125.97 $115.56 9.0%
Kentucky $124.79 $114.49 9.0%
Ohio $114.19 $105.28 8.5%
Mississippi $133.74 $123.42 8.4%
New York $119.92 $110.83 8.2%

10 states with the biggest decrease in electricity bills

State August 2021 avg. bill August 2020 avg. bill % change
Rhode Island $120.88 $131.45 -8.0%
Connecticut $147.53 $157.34 -6.2%
Utah $84.67 $87.05 -2.7%
Montana $99.79 $102.45 -2.6%
Nebraska $117.91 $120.95 -2.5%
Alaska $128.67 $131.10 -1.9%
Wisconsin $100.35 $102.16 -1.8%
Minnesota $107.96 $109.74 -1.6%
Wyoming $101.24 $101.85 -0.6%
Vermont $108.41 $108.69 -0.3%

What to do about high bills?

The first thing you can do is reduce the amount of energy you use. There are a lot of ways to lower your home’s energy consumption. Some energy-saving tips are easy and painless.

To reduce your energy consumption, it helps to know where you are using power in your home. You can use the SaveOnEnergy usage calculator to estimate your home’s energy consumption.

For residents or businesses in deregulated areas, another way to lower your energy bills is to find lower electricity supply rates. Deregulated states allow energy consumers to choose the company that provides their energy. Click on your state, enter your ZIP code, and explore whether you can lower your electricity rate:

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Maine Maryland Massachusetts
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SaveOnEnergy.com will continue to track monthly electricity bills. Bookmark this page to see which state residents are getting the best and worst deals on electricity.

(Last updated November 5, 2021)