Homeowners across the country pay electricity bills as part of their monthly expenses. However, the amount they pay varies by state depending on rates, climate, and usage.
In some places—including Hawaii, Alaska, California, and New England states—electricity rates are quite high due to either being quite remote or densely populated. High rates encourage homeowners to consume less electricity to reduce their monthly expenses.
The typical American household devotes 41% of its energy use to space heating and cooling. As a result, climate is a significant contributor to electricity bills. This means that areas with mild seasons, which don’t rely as heavily on heating and cooling, tend to use less electricity.
Residential electricity rates are measured in cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is a unit of measurement equivalent to the amount of energy used if you kept a 1,000-watt appliance running for one hour. On the whole, US residents consume around 900 kWh per month. That’s a higher usage rate per capita than any other country in the world. The average rate across all states is 10.48 cents per kWh.
Here’s a breakdown of how much electricity homes use, on average, ranked by state.
As a New York resident, you’ll notice we have one of the highest electricity rates in the country. To keep your bills down, you need efficient appliances, lighting, and wiring. At Lon Lockwood Electric, we can help Webster, New York residents maintain a safe, efficient, and reliable system for lower electricity usage.