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.

Average monthly residential electric bill
*According to latest data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA)
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.

StateAverage Electric Bill
South Carolina$144.20/month
West Virginia$126.67/month
North Carolina$125.17/month
New Hampshire$122.27/month
South Dakota$121.16/month
Rhode Island$121.05/month
North Dakota$114.60/month
New York$111.93/month
New Jersey$106.28/month
New Mexico$81.08/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).

StateAverage Price of Electricity (+/- Average %)
Louisiana9.59 cents / kWh (-25.5%)
Washington9.75 cents / kWh (-24.2%)
Arkansas9.81 cents / kWh (-23.8%)
Idaho10.15 cents / kWh (-21.1%)
North Dakota10.25 cents / kWh (-20.4%)
Oklahoma10.30 cents / kWh (-20.0%)
Utah10.41 cents / kWh (-19.1%)
Kentucky10.6 cents / kWh (-17.6%)
Nebraska10.7 cents / kWh (-16.9%)
Tennessee10.71 cents / kWh (-16.8%)
Montana10.96 cents / kWh (-14.8%)
Oregon10.98 cents / kWh (-14.7%)
North Carolina11.09 cents / kWh (-13.8%)
Mississippi11.12 cents / kWh (-13.6%)
West Virginia11.18 cents / kWh (-13.1%)
Texas11.2 cents / kWh (-13.0%)
Wyoming11.29 cents / kWh (-12.3%)
Missouri11.34 cents / kWh (-)
Georgia11.47 cents / kWh (-10.9%)
Florida11.54 cents / kWh (-10.3%)
South Dakota11.59 cents / kWh (-9.9%)
Virginia11.73 cents / kWh (-8.9%)
Nevada11.85 cents / kWh (-7.9%)
Colorada12.15 cents / kWh (-5.6%)
Alabama12.18 cents / kWh (-5.4%)
Iowa12.24 cents / kWh (-4.9%)
Indiana12.26 cents / kWh (-4.7%)
South Carolina12.44 cents / kWh (-3.3%)
Delaware12.53 cents / kWh (-2.6%)
Ohio12.56 cents / kWh (-2.4%)
New Mexico12.68 cents / kWh (-1.5%)
Illinois12.77 cents / kWh (-0.8%)
Arizona12.77 cents / kWh (-0.8%)
Minnesota13.14 cents / kWh (+2.1%)
Maryland13.3 cents / kWh (+3.3%)
Kansas13.35 cents / kWh (+3.7%)
Pennsylvania13.89 cents / kWh (+7.9%)
Wisconsin14.02 cents / kWh (+8.9%)
New Jersey15.41 cents / kWh (+19.7%)
Michigan15.45 cents / kWh (+20.0%)
Maine16.84 cents / kWh (+30.8%)
Vermont18.02 cents / kWh (+40.0%)
New York18.52 cents / kWh (+43.9%)
California18.84 cents / kWh (+46.4%)
New Hampshire19.69 cents / kWh (+53.0%)
Rhode Island20.55 cents / kWh (+59.7%)
Connecticut21.2 cents / kWh (+64.7%)
Massachusetts21.61 cents / kWh (+67.9%)
Alaska21.94 cents / kWh (+70.5%)
Hawaii32.47 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).

StateAverage Electricity Consumption% Less Than Average
Hawaii518 kilowatt hours43.3% less than average
California546 kilowatt hours40.3% less than average
Vermont560 kilowatt hours38.7% less than average
Maine572 kilowatt hours37.4% less than average
Alaska572 kilowatt hours37.4% less than average
Rhode Island589 kilowatt hours35.6% less than average
New York604 kilowatt hours33.9% less than average
Massachusetts607 kilowatt hours33.6% less than average
New Hampshire621 kilowatt hours32.1% less than average
New Mexico639 kilowatt hours30.1% less than average
Michigan671 kilowatt hours26.6% less than average
New Jersey690 kilowatt hours24.5% less than average
Colorado691 kilowatt hours24.4% less than average
Wisconsin693 kilowatt hours24.2% less than average
Connecticut724 kilowatt hours20.8% less than average
Utah742 kilowatt hours18.8% less than average
Illinois744 kilowatt hours18.6% less than average
Minnesota786 kilowatt hours14.0% less than average
Wyoming841 kilowatt hours8.0% less than average
Montana850 kilowatt hours7.0% less than average
Pennsylvania864 kilowatt hours5.5% less than average
Iowa892 kilowatt hours2.4% less than average
Oregon901 kilowatt hours1.4% less than average
Ohio914 kilowatt hoursSame as national average
Kansas934 kilowatt hours2.2% more than national average
Idaho944 kilowatt hours3.3% more than national average
Nevada947 kilowatt hours3.6% more than national average
Washington957 kilowatt hours4.7% more than national average
Delaware977 kilowatt hours6.9% more than national average
Maryland1,005 kilowatt hours10.0% more than national average
Indiana1,006 kilowatt hours10.1% more than national average
Nebraska1,021 kilowatt hours11.7% more than national average
Arizona1,028 kilowatt hours12.5% more than national average
South Dakota1,045 kilowatt hours14.3% more than national average
Florida1,110 kilowatt hours21.4% more than national average
North Dakota1,118 kilowatt hours22.3% more than national average
Missouri1,118 kilowatt hours22.3% more than national average
North Carolina1,129 kilowatt hours23.5% more than national average
West Virginia1,133 kilowatt hours24.0% more than national average
Oklahoma1,139 kilowatt hours24.6% more than national average
Georgia1,142 kilowatt hours24.9% more than national average
Arkansas1,156 kilowatt hours26.5% more than national average
South Carolina1,159 kilowatt hours26.8% more than national average
Virginia1,165 kilowatt hours27.5% more than national average
Kentucky1,166 kilowatt hours27.6% more than national average
Texas1,176 kilowatt hours28.7% more than national average
Alabama1,236 kilowatt  hours35.2% more than national average
Mississippi1,247 kilowatt hours36.4% more than national average
Louisiana1,282 kilowatt hours40.3% more than national average
 Tennessee1,283kilowatt hours40.4% 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.

StateState’s Average Monthly Income% of Monthly Income
Mississippi$3,500.75 per month3.96% of monthly income
Alabama$3,872.67 per month3.89% of monthly income
South Carolina$4,065.08 per month3.55% of monthly income
West Virginia$3,671.75 per month3.45% of monthly income
Tennessee$4,059.00 per month3.38% of monthly income
Kentucky$3,877.92 per month3.19% of monthly income
Louisiana$3,892.50 per month3.16% of monthly income
Arkansas$3,651.08 per month3.10% of monthly income
Florida4,240.25 per month3.02% of monthly income
North Carolina4,193.33 per month2.98% of monthly income
Georgia4,414.75 per month2.97% of monthly income
Missouri$4,295.17 per month2.95% of monthly income
Arizona$4,459.17 per month2.94% of monthly income
Indiana$4,348.50 per month2.84% of monthly income
Oklahoma$4,147.25 per month2.83% of monthly income
Texas$4,754.25 per month2.77% of monthly income
Kansas4,623.08 per month2.70% of monthly income
Hawaii$6,243.58 per month2.69% of monthly income
South Dakota$4,510.50 per month2.69% of monthly income
Ohio$4,367.25 per month2.63% of monthly income
Pennsylvania$4,745.92 per month2.53% of monthly income
Connecticut$6,148.42 per month2.50% of monthly income
Nevada$4,619.50 per month2.43% of monthly income
Virginia$5,730.50 per month2.38% of monthly income
Rhode Island$5,086.92 per month2.38% of monthly income
Michigan$4,389.00 per month2.36% of monthly income
Delaware$5,253.00 per month2.33% of monthly income
Iowa$4,714.17 per month2.32% of monthly income
Nebraska$4,722.92 per month2.31% of monthly income
Idaho$4,248.75 per month2.26% of monthly income
North Dakota$5,107.08 per month2.24% of monthly income
Montana$4,233.42 per month2.20% of monthly income
Maine$4,418.67 per month2.18% of monthly income
New York$5,230.42 per month2.14% of monthly income
Massachusetts$6,180.58 per month2.12% of monthly income
Oregon$4,676.58 per month2.12% of monthly income
Vermont$4,817.33 per month2.09% of monthly income
New Mexico$3,893.17 per month2.08% of monthly income
New Hampshire$5,492.08 per month2.06% of monthly income
Wisconsin$4,729.92 per month2.05% of monthly income
Maryland$6,576.33 per month2.03% of monthly income
Alaska$6,342.83 per month1.98% of monthly income
Minnesota$5,474.92 per month1.89% of monthly income
Wyoming$5,078.17 per month1.87% of monthly income
Illinois$5,102.42 per month1.86% of monthly income
California$5,597.42 per month1.84% of monthly income
Washington$5,514.50 per month1.69% of monthly income
New Jersey$6,372.92 per month1.67% of monthly income
Colorado$5,454.83 per month1.54% of monthly income
Utah$5.443.75 per month1.42% 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.