Average Electric Bill

A curated resource for journalists & consumers on the latest data on the average electric bill in the United States. Last updated: February 2020.

$117.65
Average monthly residential electric bill
*According to latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA)
12.87¢
average electricity price per kWh
*Average American household consumes 914 kWh/month

Scroll down or click the following links to find state-by-state data on the average electricity bill, average electricity price and average electricity consumption.

Average Electricity Bill By State

  • The state with the highest monthly average electricity bill is Hawaii, clocking in at an average of $168.13/month.
  • The state with the lowest monthly average electricity bill is Utah, clocking in at an average of $77.25/month.

Although the average monthly electric bill in the United States clocks in at $117.65, the difference between certain states can vary greatly. Below is a table of each state’s average electricity bill, sorted from highest to lowest.

State Average Electric Bill
Hawaii $168.13/month
Connecticut $153.46/month
Alabama $150.54/month
South Carolina $144.20/month
Mississippi $138.63/month
Tennessee $137.35/month
Virginia $136.59/month
Maryland $133.68/month
Texas $131.63/month
Arizona $131.31/month
Massachusetts $131.20/month
Georgia $131.05/month
Florida $128.10/month
Missouri $126.79/month
West Virginia $126.67/month
Alaska $125.57/month
North Carolina $125.17/month
Kansas $124.68/month
Kentucky $123.57/month
Indiana $123.39/month
Louisiana $122.86/month
Delaware $122.43/month
New Hampshire $122.27/month
South Dakota $121.16/month
Rhode Island $121.05/month
Pennsylvania $120.04/month
Oklahoma $117.28/month
Ohio $114.80/month
North Dakota $114.60/month
Arkansas $113.36/month
Nevada $112.18/month
New York $111.93/month
Nebraska $109.27/month
Iowa $109.27/month
New Jersey $106.28/month
Michigan $103.59/month
Minnesota $103.34/month
California $102.9/month
Vermont $100.83/month
Oregon $99.00/month
Wisconsin $97.09/month
Maine $96.33/month
Idaho $95.84/month
Illinois $94.98/month
Wyoming $94.90/month
Washington $93.34/month
Montana $93.19/month
Colorado $83.90/month
New Mexico $81.08/month
Utah 122.86/month

Over half of the states have electricity bills that are more expensive than the national average. The states with high electricity bills tend to use less electricity than their cheaper counterparts. For example, Hawaii’s electricity bills cost 42.9% more than the national average ($117.65), yet Hawaii uses 43.3% less electricity than the national average (914).

To gather a more accurate picture about how much each state spends on electricity, it’s important to look at how much electricity each state consumes on a monthly basis.

Average Electricity Price by State

  • Louisiana has the cheapest electricity out of any state, with each kilowatt hour costing only 9.59 cents.
  • Hawaii has the most expensive electricity out of any state, with each kilowatt hour costing 32.47 cents.
  • The average price of electricity throughout all 50 states is 12.87 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • States with the lowest electricity consumption tend to have higher-priced electricity, whereas states with higher electricity consumption have cheaper electricity rates.

The table below shows the state-by-state breakdown of the average price electricity per kilowatt hour (kWh) and compares it to the national average price of $12.87 cents / kWh (i.e. “+25.5%” means 25.5% more expensive than the national average).

State Average Price of Electricity (+/- Average %)
Louisiana 9.59 cents / kWh (-25.5%)
Washington 9.75 cents / kWh (-24.2%)
Arkansas 9.81 cents / kWh (-23.8%)
Idaho 10.15 cents / kWh (-21.1%)
North Dakota 10.25 cents / kWh (-20.4%)
Oklahoma 10.30 cents / kWh (-20.0%)
Utah 10.41 cents / kWh (-19.1%)
Kentucky 10.6 cents / kWh (-17.6%)
Nebraska 10.7 cents / kWh (-16.9%)
Tennessee 10.71 cents / kWh (-16.8%)
Montana 10.96 cents / kWh (-14.8%)
Oregon 10.98 cents / kWh (-14.7%)
North Carolina 11.09 cents / kWh (-13.8%)
Mississippi 11.12 cents / kWh (-13.6%)
West Virginia 11.18 cents / kWh (-13.1%)
Texas 11.2 cents / kWh (-13.0%)
Wyoming 11.29 cents / kWh (-12.3%)
Missouri 11.34 cents / kWh (-)
Georgia 11.47 cents / kWh (-10.9%)
Florida 11.54 cents / kWh (-10.3%)
South Dakota 11.59 cents / kWh (-9.9%)
Virginia 11.73 cents / kWh (-8.9%)
Nevada 11.85 cents / kWh (-7.9%)
Colorada 12.15 cents / kWh (-5.6%)
Alabama 12.18 cents / kWh (-5.4%)
Iowa 12.24 cents / kWh (-4.9%)
Indiana 12.26 cents / kWh (-4.7%)
South Carolina 12.44 cents / kWh (-3.3%)
Delaware 12.53 cents / kWh (-2.6%)
Ohio 12.56 cents / kWh (-2.4%)
New Mexico 12.68 cents / kWh (-1.5%)
Illinois 12.77 cents / kWh (-0.8%)
Arizona 12.77 cents / kWh (-0.8%)
Minnesota 13.14 cents / kWh (+2.1%)
Maryland 13.3 cents / kWh (+3.3%)
Kansas 13.35 cents / kWh (+3.7%)
Pennsylvania 13.89 cents / kWh (+7.9%)
Wisconsin 14.02 cents / kWh (+8.9%)
New Jersey 15.41 cents / kWh (+19.7%)
Michigan 15.45 cents / kWh (+20.0%)
Maine 16.84 cents / kWh (+30.8%)
Vermont 18.02 cents / kWh (+40.0%)
New York 18.52 cents / kWh (+43.9%)
California 18.84 cents / kWh (+46.4%)
New Hampshire 19.69 cents / kWh (+53.0%)
Rhode Island 20.55 cents / kWh (+59.7%)
Connecticut 21.2 cents / kWh (+64.7%)
Massachusetts 21.61 cents / kWh (+67.9%)
Alaska 21.94 cents / kWh (+70.5%)
Hawaii 32.47 cents / kWh (+152.3%)

States like Hawaii, which consume less electricity than the national average, tend to have more expensive electricity. On the other hand, states that use more electricity than average have cheaper electricity. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, but this rule stays true for most of the states.

Now it’s time to look at the other side of the equation: the average price of electricity in each state.

Average Electricity Consumption By State

  • Hawaii consumes the least amount of electricity per month, only consuming 518 kilowatt hours per month.
  • Tennessee consumes the most electricity per month, with a staggering 1,283 kilowatts hours per month.
  • The overall national average of electricity consumption in the United States is 914 kilowatt hours per month.

The table below shows the state-by-state breakdown of the average monthly consumption of electricity in kilowatt hours (kWh).

State Average Electricity Consumption % Less Than Average
Hawaii 518 kilowatt hours 43.3% less than average
California 546 kilowatt hours 40.3% less than average
Vermont 560 kilowatt hours 38.7% less than average
Maine 572 kilowatt hours 37.4% less than average
Alaska 572 kilowatt hours 37.4% less than average
Rhode Island 589 kilowatt hours 35.6% less than average
New York 604 kilowatt hours 33.9% less than average
Massachusetts 607 kilowatt hours 33.6% less than average
New Hampshire 621 kilowatt hours 32.1% less than average
New Mexico 639 kilowatt hours 30.1% less than average
Michigan 671 kilowatt hours 26.6% less than average
New Jersey 690 kilowatt hours 24.5% less than average
Colorado 691 kilowatt hours 24.4% less than average
Wisconsin 693 kilowatt hours 24.2% less than average
Connecticut 724 kilowatt hours 20.8% less than average
Utah 742 kilowatt hours 18.8% less than average
Illinois 744 kilowatt hours 18.6% less than average
Minnesota 786 kilowatt hours 14.0% less than average
Wyoming 841 kilowatt hours 8.0% less than average
Montana 850 kilowatt hours 7.0% less than average
Pennsylvania 864 kilowatt hours 5.5% less than average
Iowa 892 kilowatt hours 2.4% less than average
Oregon 901 kilowatt hours 1.4% less than average
Ohio 914 kilowatt hours Same as national average
Kansas 934 kilowatt hours 2.2% more than national average
Idaho 944 kilowatt hours 3.3% more than national average
Nevada 947 kilowatt hours 3.6% more than national average
Washington 957 kilowatt hours 4.7% more than national average
Delaware 977 kilowatt hours 6.9% more than national average
Maryland 1,005 kilowatt hours 10.0% more than national average
Indiana 1,006 kilowatt hours 10.1% more than national average
Nebraska 1,021 kilowatt hours 11.7% more than national average
Arizona 1,028 kilowatt hours 12.5% more than national average
South Dakota 1,045 kilowatt hours 14.3% more than national average
Florida 1,110 kilowatt hours 21.4% more than national average
North Dakota 1,118 kilowatt hours 22.3% more than national average
Missouri 1,118 kilowatt hours 22.3% more than national average
North Carolina 1,129 kilowatt hours 23.5% more than national average
West Virginia 1,133 kilowatt hours 24.0% more than national average
Oklahoma 1,139 kilowatt hours 24.6% more than national average
Georgia 1,142 kilowatt hours 24.9% more than national average
Arkansas 1,156 kilowatt hours 26.5% more than national average
South Carolina 1,159 kilowatt hours 26.8% more than national average
Virginia 1,165 kilowatt hours 27.5% more than national average
Kentucky 1,166 kilowatt hours 27.6% more than national average
Texas 1,176 kilowatt hours 28.7% more than national average
Alabama 1,236 kilowatt  hours 35.2% more than national average
Mississippi 1,247 kilowatt hours 36.4% more than national average
Louisiana 1,282 kilowatt hours 40.3% more than national average
 Tennessee 1,283kilowatt hours 40.4% more than national average

Some of the states with the least electricity consumption have higher electricity rates, and the states with the most electricity consumption carry some of the lowest electricity rates.

Now, with all the information about the prices of electricity and electricity consumption listed out, we can take note of how much people spend on electricity relative to their income.

Average Electric Bill by State Relative to Income

  • Mississippi pays the most for electricity relative to income, with 3.96% of the state’s average monthly income ($3,500.75) going towards electricity.
  • Utah pays the least for electricity relative to income, with only 1.42% of the state’s average monthly income ($5,443.75) going towards electricity.

To determine the percentage of income people spend on electricity, we took the average monthly income of each state, and compared it to the average monthly bill of that state (the first table of this page) as a percentage of monthly income.

For the sake of simplicity, we won’t be listing out the average monthly bill amounts, since we already did that the beginning. If you’d like to cross-reference, you can simply use that table, but the upcoming table will be listing average monthly income and the percentage of income for electricity.

State State’s Average Monthly Income % of Monthly Income
Mississippi $3,500.75 per month 3.96% of monthly income
Alabama $3,872.67 per month 3.89% of monthly income
South Carolina $4,065.08 per month 3.55% of monthly income
West Virginia $3,671.75 per month 3.45% of monthly income
Tennessee $4,059.00 per month 3.38% of monthly income
Kentucky $3,877.92 per month 3.19% of monthly income
Louisiana $3,892.50 per month 3.16% of monthly income
Arkansas $3,651.08 per month 3.10% of monthly income
Florida 4,240.25 per month 3.02% of monthly income
North Carolina 4,193.33 per month 2.98% of monthly income
Georgia 4,414.75 per month 2.97% of monthly income
Missouri $4,295.17 per month 2.95% of monthly income
Arizona $4,459.17 per month 2.94% of monthly income
Indiana $4,348.50 per month 2.84% of monthly income
Oklahoma $4,147.25 per month 2.83% of monthly income
Texas $4,754.25 per month 2.77% of monthly income
Kansas 4,623.08 per month 2.70% of monthly income
Hawaii $6,243.58 per month 2.69% of monthly income
South Dakota $4,510.50 per month 2.69% of monthly income
Ohio $4,367.25 per month 2.63% of monthly income
Pennsylvania $4,745.92 per month 2.53% of monthly income
Connecticut $6,148.42 per month 2.50% of monthly income
Nevada $4,619.50 per month 2.43% of monthly income
Virginia $5,730.50 per month 2.38% of monthly income
Rhode Island $5,086.92 per month 2.38% of monthly income
Michigan $4,389.00 per month 2.36% of monthly income
Delaware $5,253.00 per month 2.33% of monthly income
Iowa $4,714.17 per month 2.32% of monthly income
Nebraska $4,722.92 per month 2.31% of monthly income
Idaho $4,248.75 per month 2.26% of monthly income
North Dakota $5,107.08 per month 2.24% of monthly income
Montana $4,233.42 per month 2.20% of monthly income
Maine $4,418.67 per month 2.18% of monthly income
New York $5,230.42 per month 2.14% of monthly income
Massachusetts $6,180.58 per month 2.12% of monthly income
Oregon $4,676.58 per month 2.12% of monthly income
Vermont $4,817.33 per month 2.09% of monthly income
New Mexico $3,893.17 per month 2.08% of monthly income
New Hampshire $5,492.08 per month 2.06% of monthly income
Wisconsin $4,729.92 per month 2.05% of monthly income
Maryland $6,576.33 per month 2.03% of monthly income
Alaska $6,342.83 per month 1.98% of monthly income
Minnesota $5,474.92 per month 1.89% of monthly income
Wyoming $5,078.17 per month 1.87% of monthly income
Illinois $5,102.42 per month 1.86% of monthly income
California $5,597.42 per month 1.84% of monthly income
Washington $5,514.50 per month 1.69% of monthly income
New Jersey $6,372.92 per month 1.67% of monthly income
Colorado $5,454.83 per month 1.54% of monthly income
Utah $5.443.75 per month 1.42% of monthly income

As you can see from the table, the monthly income of each state doesn’t have much of an effect when it comes to how much residents spend on electricity. What you can see, however, is that the states with the least amount of consumption tend to spend a bit more on electricity, since electricity is more expensive in those states.

With this table, it’s clear to see what states are spending on electricity every month, and while the results seem mixed (states with low consumption pay more, states with high consumption pay less, etc.), we can draw conclusions from the few tables we have here.