Utility Costs in the US

Utility Costs in the US

Have you ever gotten a power bill and wondered if it was normal? What if you lived somewhere else? Not surprisingly, utility costs vary wildly across the US. We have comprised a list of the most and least expensive states based on kWh rates. How does your bill stack up?

Most Expensive States
(based on electricity rates):

1. Hawaii: 30.58 kWh Rate
2. Alaska: 21.90 kWh Rate
3. Connecticut: 20.70 kWh Rate
4. Rhode Island: 20.48 kWh Rate
5. New Hampshire:19.88 kWh Rate
6. Massachusetts:19.36 kWh Rate
7. California: 18.77 kWh Rate
8. Vermont: 17.87 kWh Rate
9. New York: 17.81 kWh Rate
10. Maine: 16.05 kWh Rate

Least Expensive States
(based on electricity rates):

1. Louisiana: 9.29 kWh Rate
2. North Dakota: 9.69 kWh Rate
3. Washington: 9.73 kWh Rate
4. Idaho: 10.08 kWh Rate
5. Arkansas: 10.28 kWh Rate
6. Missouri: 10.46 kWh Rate
7. Utah: 10.52 kWh Rate
8. Nebraska: 10.53 kWh Rate
9. Oregon: 10.70 kWh Rate
10. Oklahoma: 10.76 kWh Rate

You may have guessed that Hawaii and Alaska would top the list, their geographic locations alone make them susceptible to higher prices. Other states, like Rhode Island, come as a shock. Rates can vary based on things like location, the market, the type of consumer as well as conditions of the industry.

Comparing the two lists, it seems outlandish that Louisiana consumers pay less than a third of what Hawaii consumers do. Considering the average home consumed 897 kWh of electricity per month, that’s a difference of over $190 per month or over $2,200 per year. That’s a huge chunk of change.

Tips to Reduce Utility Costs

What can you do to lighten the blow and save some money each month? For starters, investing in energy efficient appliances. Although the initial cost of getting new appliances might be a big investment, you could end up saving over $110 per year per appliance you replace. You’ll break even on the investment in no time. You could save another $110 per year by simply washing your clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot. Or, one last way to save on energy is by keeping your curtains closed and doors shut. By limiting the draft of either cold or hot air into your home, your HVAC units don’t have to work as hard to regulate the temperature.

If it seems like electricity prices are all over the map, it’s because they are. There are many reasons why kWh varies including location and the state of the energy market. However, if moving to one of the states with lower electricity costs isn’t in your future, stick to the simple tasks of lowering your consumption.

See the full list of utility costs by state here: