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


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Updated June 2022

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 June 2022 Report uses the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s data for March 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 March rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill
Utah 10.55 769 $81.83
New Mexico 13.44 670 $90.05
Montana 10.76 858 $92.32
Wyoming 10.69 869 $92.90
Idaho 10.07 955 $96.17
Colorado 13.61 711 $96.77
Washington 10.14 969 $98.26
Oregon 11.01 916 $100.85
Iowa 11.73 865 $101.46
Minnesota 13.40 775 $103.85

Digging into those numbers provides some surprises. New Mexico residents paid 13.44 cents/kWh for electricity – the 22nd-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? Texas recorded the 21st-lowest residential electricity rate of 12.80 cents/kWh in March but received the 8th-highest electric bills. That’s because residents average the 6th  highest usage in the country – 1,132 kilowatt-hours per month.

10 states with the highest electricity bills

State March rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill
Hawaii 39.97 537 $214.64
Connecticut 25.61 711 $182.09
Alabama 13.71 1,145 $156.98
Florida 13.50 1,142 $154.17
California 26.71 572 $152.78
Massachusetts 25.33 602 $152.49
South Carolina 13.91 1,081 $150.37
Mississippi 12.66 1,146 $145.08
Texas 1280 1,132 $144.90
New Hampshire 22.97 630 $144.71

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 March rate (cents/kWh) Avg. monthly usage (kWh) Avg. bill Cost ranking
Alabama 13.71 1,145 $156.98 48
Alaska 22.82 552 $125.97 27
Arizona 12.68 1,114 $141.26 40
Arkansas 10.90 1,060 $115.54 18
California 26.71 572 $152.78 46
Colorado 13.61 711 $96.77 6
Connecticut 25.61 711 $182.09 49
Delaware 13.16 932 $122.65 25
Florida 13.50 1,142 $154.17 47
Georgia 12.89 1,081 $139.34 37
Hawaii 39.97 537 $214.64 50
Idaho 10.07 955 $96.17 5
Illinois 14.73 721 $106.20 13
Indiana 14.29 938 $134.04 33
Iowa 11.73 865 $101.46 9
Kansas 13.32 883 $117.62 20
Kentucky 11.98 1,073 $128.55 29
Louisiana 11.05 1,201 $132.71 32
Maine 23.03 570 $131.27 31
Maryland 14.16 957 $135.51 35
Massachusetts 25.33 602 $152.49 45
Michigan 17.43 676 $117.83 22
Minnesota 13.40 775 $103.85 10
Mississippi 12.66 1,146 $145.08 43
Missouri 11.04 1,028 $113.49 17
Montana 10.76 858 $92.32 3
Nebraska 10.36 1,013 $104.95 11
Nevada 13.39 973 $130.28 30
New Hampshire 22.97 630 $144.71 41
New Jersey 16.93 683 $115.63 19
New Mexico 13.44 670 $90.05 2
New York 19.74 602 $118.83 23
North Carolina 12.24 1,041 $127.42 28
North Dakota 10.03 1,085 $108.83 14
Ohio 12.87 873 $112.36 16
Oklahoma 11.21 1,078 $120.84 24
Oregon 11.01 916 $100.85 8
Pennsylvania 14.70 846 $124.36 26
Rhode Island 23.46 594 $139.35 38
South Carolina 13.91 1,081 $150.37 44
South Dakota 11.35 1,037 $117.70 21
Tennessee 11.49 1,168 $134.20 34
Texas 12.80 1,132 $144.90 42
Utah 10.55 769 $81.13 1
Vermont 19.80 567 $112.27 15
Virginia 12.54 1,095 $137.31 36
Washington 10.14 969 $137.31 7
West Virginia 13.34 1,051 $140.20 39
Wisconsin 15.20 694 $105.49 12
Wyoming 10.69 869 $92.90 4
United States 14.47 893 $129.22

How have electricity bills changed since last year?

Bills in Maine increased by the greatest percentage from a year ago, going up 40.3 % since March 2021. Bills increased year-over-year in every state except Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Oregon.

10 States with the smallest increase in electricity bills

State March 2022 avg. bill March 2021 avg. bill % change
Montana $92.32 $93.78 -1.6%
North Dakota $108.83 $110.45 -1.5%
Wyoming $92.90 $93.77 -0.9%
Oregon $100.85 $101.68 -0.8%
South Dakota $117.70 $117.18 0.4%
Rhode Island $139.35 $138.70 0.5%
Idaho $96.17 $95.40 0.8%
Michigan $117.83 $116.07 1.5%
Washington $98.26 $96.51 1.8%
Nebraska $104.95 $102.62 2.3%

10 States with the largest increase in electricity bills

State March 2022 avg. bill March 2021 avg. bill % change
Maine $131.27 $93.59 40.3%
Oklahoma $120.84 $95.94 26%
Hawaii $214.64 $177.00 21.3%
New Hampshire $144.71 $121.15 19.4%
California $152.78 $129.90 17.6%
Florida $154.17 $133.04 15.9%
Connecticut $182.09 $161.68 12.6%
Nevada $130.28 $116.37 12%
Texas $144.90 $130.18 11.3%
Pennsylvania $124.36 $112.10 10.9%

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.