Energy Rate and Efficiency Comparison

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Depending on where you live in the United States, you’ll see that your electricity and energy rates will fluctuate. Electricity providers calculate your energy usage and electricity prices by kilowatt usage, meaning that how much you pay is dependent on how many cents it costs per kilowatt for whatever provider you use. Then the total price of your utility bill is measured by how many kilowatts you use per hour for the duration of the month.

Currently the natural average for electricity providers per kilowatt is about nine cents per every kilowatt used, but that number is not the same for every state. With many states having free retail electricity, a lot of electricity providers are able to set their own rates, which is one of the reasons it fluctuates so much.

The electricity company rates for Dallas homes sits just a hair higher than that of the national average. If you live in Texas, you’re going to see that it’s about ten cents per every kilowatt you use.

The most expensive states in the country when it comes to electricity rates are Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York. Hawaii is the most expensive place to live if you’re looking solely at energy rates as they currently pay an average of twenty cents per kilowatt. Connecticut is next on the list with seventeen cents per kilowatt and Rhode Island is third with the average sitting around sixteen cents per kilowatt.

The cheapest places in the United States in terms of electricity rates from retail electricity providers are Wyoming, Idaho, Missouri, North Dakota, and Utah. Wyoming has an average of only about five cents per kilowatt, Idaho and Utah coming in not behind, both of their electricity providers offering energy at a little over six cents per kilowatt.

A lot of the reasons behind differing energy costs depends on how much it costs to produce the energy and how easy it is to sustain it as it’s being fed through to the residential customers. Texas has a lot of various energy providers, but it’s a large state, so it’s going to be more expensive than a small state such as Rhode Island because it takes more to flood the area with electricity.

In that same token, when you’re looking at a place like New York City, the energy rates are higher because of the sheer amount of people who live there and the fact that in general, the city uses more energy than other places around the country. It takes more work to keep the energy flowing consistently at all times throughout the year.

Trying to combat the energy costs can be slightly difficult for some people depending on where they live, but a lot of energy providers across the United States now offer a lot of different ways to become more informed about conserving energy. Energy conservation is the number one way to start saving on the household utility bills. People in Texas, for example, and stop running their air conditioners at during times of the day while those in Illinois can turn the heat down during the winter.

Where you live has a lot to do with how much you’re going to pay for electricity as it’s different pretty much everywhere around the country. Hawaii has the highest energy costs of the United States while Wyoming has the utmost lowest. You can combat the prices by engaging in energy efficient behaviors.

Article by Sara, appearing courtesy 2GreenEnergy.

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Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

  • Manuel

    I assume that the prices are not per kilowatt (kW, power) but for kilowatt-hour (kWh, energy).