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 the average user, who cares more about that figure on the bottom line.
That’s why we publish the SaveOnEnergy.com® Electricity Bill Report, a monthly look factoring the latest average state rates and average state usage to show what’s happening with the monthly cost of electricity. The August Report, using the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s data for May, shows that New Mexico residents have it best when it comes to electricity bills. On the other side, there’s a cost to living in an island paradise – Hawaii residents pay the highest electricity bills of any state.
How does your state stack up? First, let’s take a look at the 10 states with the lowest electricity bills:
Digging into those numbers provides some surprises, including at the top of the list. New Mexico residents pay 12.21 cents/kWh for electricity – the 27th highest rate in the country. So how do they have the lowest bills? Their monthly usage is among the nation’s third-lowest.
Meanwhile, the state with the third-lowest electricity rates for the month – Louisiana, 10.19 cents/kWh – is nowhere to be found among the 10 states with the lowest bills. That’s because residents average the highest usage in the country – 1,187 kilowatt hours per month. (We’ll show you how the math turns out later.)
What about the other side of the equation? Hawaii’s rates are nearly 50 percent higher – 33.43 cents/kWh – than the next highest state, so even the nation’s lowest average usage doesn’t save residents from the highest bills – well more than twice the New Mexico.
Following are the states with the highest electricity bills:
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We’ve outlined the best and the worst bills. See how your state did in the chart below:
Bills in Maine increased the most from a year ago, going up 13.8 percent year over year – meaning residents paid nearly $12 more for electricity in 2019. California and Hawaii also had double-digit percentage increases.
Following are the 10 states with the largest year-over-year percentage hikes:
Vermont bills decreased the most compared with last year – 4.1 percent. That meant an extra almost $4 for residents.
Following are the 10 states with the largest year-over-year percentage drops since last year:
The first thing you can do is reduce the amount of energy you use going into summer. That doesn’t mean roasting in the house and taking cold showers. Some energy-saving tips are easy and painless.
The other way to cut your energy bills is, if you live in a state with deregulation, is to find a lower electricity supply rates. Energy deregulation, put simply, means energy choice. States with energy choice allow residential and other customers to choose the company that provides their energy. Click on your state below, enter your ZIP code and see whether you can lower your rate:
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Remember, lower rates plus lower usage translates into lower bills.
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.