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

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

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 March 2022 Report uses the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s data for December to show that Utah residents paid the lowest electricity bills in the country on average. On the other side, Hawaii residents paid the highest electricity bills of any state.

How does your state stack up?

10 states with the lowest electricity bills

State December rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill
Utah 10.16 769 $78.13
New Mexico 13.07 670 $87.57
Wyoming 10.63 869 $92.37
Montana 11.14 858 $95.58
Colorado 13.51 711 $96.06
Illinois 13.53 721 $97.55
Washington 10.07 969 $97.58
Idaho 10.33 955 $98.65
Wisconsin 14.22 694 $98.69
Minnesota 12.8 775 $99.20

Digging into those numbers provides some surprises. Wisconsin residents paid 14.22 cents/kWh for electricity – the 14th-highest electric rate in the country. So how do they have such low bills? Their monthly energy usage is lower than the consumption in many other states.

Which states have the highest bills?

What about the other side of the equation? Louisiana recorded the 16th-lowest residential electricity rate of 11.56 cents/kWh in December but received the 9th-highest electric bills. That’s because residents average the highest usage in the country – 1,201 kilowatt-hours per month.

10 states with the highest electricity bills

State December rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill
Hawaii 35.57 537 $191.01
Rhode Island 25.11 594 $149.15
Connecticut 20.85 711 $148.24
Massachusetts 24.3 602 $146.29
Texas 12.55 1,132 $142.07
South Carolina 13.07 1,081 $141.29
Arizona 12.63 1,114 $140.70
Florida 12.2 1,142 $139.32
Louisiana 11.56 1,201 $138.84
Mississippi 11.98 1,146 $137.29

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 December rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill Cost ranking
Alabama 9.79 1,145 $112.10 21
Alaska 22.17 552 $122.38 31
Arizona 12.63 1,114 $140.70 44
Arkansas 10.68 1,060 $115.12 22
California 23.22 572 $132.82 38
Colorado 13.51 711 $96.06 5
Connecticut 20.85 711 $148.24 48
Delaware 12.62 932 $117.62 27
Florida 12.2 1,142 $139.32 43
Georgia 12.15 1,081 $131.34 36
Hawaii 35.57 537 $191.01 50
Idaho 10.33 955 $98.65 8
Illinois 13.53 721 $97.55 6
Indiana 13.65 938 $128.04 33
Iowa 11.55 865 $99.91 11
Kansas 12.69 883 $112.05 20
Kentucky 12.19 1,073 $130.80 35
Louisiana 11.56 1,201 $138.84 42
Maine 17.91 570 $102.09 13
Maryland 14.08 957 $134.75 39
Massachusetts 24.3 602 $146.29 47
Michigan 17.25 676 $116.61 24
Minnesota 12.8 775 $99.20 10
Mississippi 11.98 1,146 $137.29 41
Missouri 10.62 1,028 $109.17 16
Montana 11.14 858 $95.58 4
Nebraska 10.22 1,013 $103.53 15
Nevada 12.21 973 $118.80 28
New Hampshire 21.02 630 $132.43 37
New Jersey 16.0 683 $109.28 17
New Mexico 13.07 670 $87.57 2
New York 19.5 602 $117.39 25
North Carolina 11.29 1,041 $117.53 26
North Dakota 9.35 1,085 $101.45 12
Ohio 12.78 873 $111.57 19
Oklahoma 10.73 1,078 $115.67 23
Oregon 11.16 916 $102.23 14
Pennsylvania 14.37 846 $121.57 30
Rhode Island 25.11 594 $149.15 49
South Carolina 13.07 1,081 $141.29 45
South Dakota 11.53 1,037 $119.57 29
Tennessee 11.64 1,168 $135.96 40
Texas 12.55 1,132 $142.07 46
Utah 10.16 769 $78.13 1
Vermont 19.6 567 $111.13 18
Virginia 11.85 1,095 $129.76 34
Washington 10.07 969 $97.58 7
West Virginia 11.82 1,051 $124.23 32
Wisconsin 14.22 694 $98.65 9
Wyoming 10.63 869 $92.37 3
United States 13.75 893 $122.79

How have electricity bills changed since last year?

Bills in Hawaii increased by the greatest percentage from a year ago, going up 22% since December 2020. Bills increased year-over-year in every state except Alabama and North Dakota.

10 states with the largest increase in electricity bills

State December 2021 avg. bill December 2020 avg. bill % change
Hawaii $191.01 $156.16 22.3%
Oklahoma $115.67 $97.02 19.2%
Louisiana $138.84 $117.10 18.6%
Kentucky $130.80 $113.85 14.9%
California $132.82 $116.80 13.7%
Massachusetts $146.29 $129.37 13.1%
New Hampshire $132.43 $118.00 12.2%
Tennessee $135.96 $122.17 11.3%
Rhode Island $149.15 $134.18 11.2%
Colorado $96.06 $86.46 11.1%

States with the smallest increase in electricity bills

State December 2021 avg. bill December 2020 avg. bill % change
Hawaii $191.01 $156.16 22.3%
Oklahoma $115.67 $97.02 19.2%
Louisiana $138.84 $117.10 18.6%
Kentucky $130.80 $113.85 14.9%
California $132.82 $116.80 13.7%
Massachusetts $146.29 $129.37 13.1%
New Hampshire $132.43 $118.00 12.2%
Tennessee $135.96 $122.17 11.3%
Rhode Island $149.15 $134.18 11.2%
Colorado $96.06 $86.46 11.1%

States with the smallest increase in electricity bills

State December 2021 avg. bill December 2020 avg. bill % change
Alabama $112.10 $129.61 -13.5%
North Dakota $101.45 $101.45 0.0%
New Jersey $109.28 $109.01 0.3%
Wyoming $92.37 $92.03 0.4%
Utah $78.13 $77.59 0.7%
Connecticut $148.24 $146.82 1.0%
Wisconsin $98.69 $97.30 1.4%
Minnesota $99.20 $97.65 1.6%
South Dakota $119.57 $117.39 1.9%
Oregon $102.23 $100.30 1.9%

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 and, as a result, pay less on energy bills. 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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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 March 3, 2022)