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

September 13, 2021   By Save On Energy Team

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

(last updated September 13, 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 state usage to show what’s happening with the monthly cost of electricity. The September 2021 Report, using the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s data for June, shows 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 June rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill
Utah 10.83 727 78.73
New Mexico 13.98 640 89.47
Colorado 13.13 682 89.55
Illinois 12.89 709 91.39
Maine 16.58 562 93.18
Idaho 9.95 949 94.43
Washington 10.13 973 98.56
Montana 11.53 857 98.81
Wisconsin 14.69 674 99.01
Nevada 11.22 890 99.86

Digging into those numbers provides some surprises. New Mexico residents paid 13.98 cents/kWh for electricity – the 17th-highest rate in the country. So how do they have low bills? Their monthly usage is the 11th-lowest in the country.

Meanwhile, Louisiana, which recorded a relatively low residential electricity rate of 11.36 cents/kWh in June – is nowhere to be found among the 10 states with the lowest bills. That’s because residents average the highest usage in the country – 1,232 kilowatt-hours per month. (We’ll show you how the math turns out later.)

Which states have the highest bills?

What about the other side of the equation? Tennessee’s rates – 11.44 cents/kWh – are the nation’s 9th-lowest, but high usage pushes residents’ bills to the 10th-highest in the nation. Tennessee residents’ average bills are over $65 more than the average in Utah.

10 states with the highest electricity bills

State June rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill
Hawaii 32.74 525 171.89
Alabama 13.52 1,201 162.38
Georgia 13.61 1,121 152.57
South Carolina 13.24 1,114 147.49
Mississippi 11.94 1,206 144.00
Connecticut 20.75 689 142.97
Virginia 12.59 1,122 141.26
Missouri 13.26 1,058 140.29
Louisiana 11.36 1,232 139.96
Tennessee 11.44 1,217 139.22

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 June rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill Cost ranking
Alabama 13.52 1,201 162.38 49
Alaska 23.61 555 131.04 34
Arizona 12.66 1,014 128.37 33
Arkansas 11.32 1,118 126.56 29
California 23.11 532 122.95 27
Colorado 13.13 682 89.55 3
Connecticut 20.75 689 142.97 45
Delaware 12.44 950 118.18 24
Florida 11.98 1,108 132.74 37
Georgia 13.61 1,121 152.57 48
Hawaii 32.74 525 171.89 50
Idaho 9.95 949 94.43 6
Illinois 12.89 709 91.39 4
Indiana 13.71 960 131.62 35
Iowa 14.00 867 121.38 26
Kansas 13.27 891 118.24 25
Kentucky 11.46 1,112 127.44 30
Louisiana 11.36 1,232 139.96 42
Maine 16.58 562 93.18 5
Maryland 13.08 975 127.53 31
Massachusetts 22.23 574 127.60 32
Michigan 17.84 637 113.64 19
Minnesota 14.09 759 106.94 14
Mississippi 11.94 1,206 144.00 46
Missouri 13.26 1,058 140,29 43
Montana 11.53 857 98.81 8
Nebraska 11.35 1,004 113.95 20
Nevada 11.22 890 99.86 10
New Hampshire 19.27 599 115.43 21
New Jersey 16.43 663 108.93 15
New Mexico 13.98 640 89.47 2
New York 19.53 577 112.69 18
North Carolina 11.51 1,079 124.19 28
North Dakota 12.21 1,109 135.41 39
Ohio 13.32 874 116.42 22
Oklahoma 10.07 1,116 112.38 17
Oregon 11.47 911 104.49 12
Pennsylvania 14.02 837 117.35 23
Rhode Island 19.75 560 110.60 16
South Carolina 13.24 1,114 147.49 47
South Dakota 12.94 1,044 135.09 38
Tennessee 11.44 1,217 139.22 41
Texas 12.04 1,140 137.26 40
Utah 10.83 727 78.73 1
Vermont 19.35 549 106.23 13
Virginia 12.59 1,122 141.26 44
Washington 10.13 973 98.56 7
West Virginia 12.22 1,084 132.46 36
Wisconsin 14.69 674 99.01 9
Wyoming 12.07 864 104.28 11
United States 13.85 887 122.85

How have electricity bills changed since last year?

Bills in California increased by the greatest percentage from a year ago, going up 21.7 percent since May 2020. Bills increased year-over-year in 29 states.

10 states with the largest increase in electricity bills

State June 2021 avg. bill June 2020 avg. bill % change
Louisiana 139.96 116.92 19.7%
California 122.95 105.23 16.8%
Hawaii 171.89 152.41 12.7%
Ohio 116.42 105.40 10.4%
Indiana 131.62 121.06 8.7%
Georgia 152.57 142.14 7.3%
Michigan 113.64 106.51 6.7%
Mississippi 144.00 135.07 6.6%
South Dakota 135.09 127.05 6.3%
Arkansas 126.56 119.29 6.0%

10 states with the biggest decrease in electricity bills

State June 2021 avg. bill June 2020 avg. bill % change
Delaware 118.18 125.59 -5.9%
Idaho 94.43 99.65 -5.2%
Connecticut 142.97 149.72 -4.5%
Montana 98.81 102.84 -3.9%
Wisconsin 99.01 101.10 -2.0%
Maine 93.18 95.03 -1.9%
Oklahoma 112.38 114.28 -2.6%
Vermont 106.23 107.99 -1.6%
Alaska 131.04 132.65 -1.2%
Arizona 128.37 129.49 -0.8%

What to do about high bills?

The first thing you can do is reduce the amount of energy you use. That doesn’t mean freezing or roasting in the house and taking cold showers. Some energy-saving tips are easy and painless.

To reduce your energy consumption, you will need to know where you are using power in your home. You can use the SaveOnEnergy usage calculator to help you 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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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 September 13, 2021)