No matter where you live, the one expenses you’ll always have is electricity. Whether its for a business, or a simple residential home, the rate you pay can vary.
One would think rates are universal across the entire country, but that’s the furthest from the truth. In this post, I’ve outlined 10 states with the cheapest and most expensive electricity. Also, there’s an entire list of states (from Alabama to Wyoming) with most up-to-date rates per kWh.
Before you go there, do you know whats YOUR rate?
What's My Curren't Electricity Rate?
Look at your most recent energy bill. Try to find where it indicates the rate per kilowatt hour and how much energy in total you used for that billing cycle.
On the bill, you should find this type of terminology:
- X.XX ¢ per KWH
- X.XX ¢/kWh
- XXXX KWH @ X.XXXX ¢
- or similar…
It means, how many cents per kilowatt are being charged every hour (1 kilowatt = 1,000 watts). If you can’t find this information, call your provider to walk you through the bill.
Don't Be Surprised...
While most states hover their electricity rates at 0.10 to 0.15 cents per kilowatt hour, some are MUCH higher.
States like Hawaii do not produce coal, oil or natural gas by themselves. All fuel must be important from mainland USA. This hikes up the price for electricity by a significant margin.
Similar things can are said about Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
10 Most Expensive Electricity by State
Out of all the 50 states, 8-10 of them have rates higher than 0.15 ¢ per kilowatt hour. Compared to the average in the United States (13.26 ¢/kWh), that’s almost DOUBLE.
Here’s a complete list of the 10 states with the highest electricity rates:
#1. State of Hawaii: Rate per kWh = $0.3445
#2. State of Connecticut: Rate per kWh = $0.2335
#3. State of Alaska: Rate per kWh = $0.2293
#4. State of Massachusetts: Rate per kWh = $0.2261
#5. State of Rhode Island: Rate per kWh = $0.2237
#6. State of New Hampshire: Rate per kWh = $0.2065
#7. State of California: Rate per kWh = $0.1805
#8. State of Maine: Rate per kWh = $0.1792
#9. State of New York: Rate per kWh = $0.1756
#10. State of Vermont: Rate per kWh = $0.1719
10 Least Expensive Electricity by State
A large percentage of the US has reasonable rates. As mentioned earlier with the average rate in US being slightly over 0.13 cents, the 10 lowest go even lower.
Here’s a complete list of the 10 lowest electricity rate states in America:
#1. State of Louisiana: Rate per kWh = $0.0962
#2. State of Washington: Rate per kWh = $0.0972
#3. State of Idaho: Rate per kWh = $0.0993
#4. State of Arkansas: Rate per kWh = $0.1001
#5. State of Utah: Rate per kWh = $0.1031
#6. State of Missouri: Rate per kWh = $0.1053
#7. State of North Dakota: Rate per kWh = $0.1063
#8. State of Kentucky: Rate per kWh = $0.1091
#9. State of Tennessee: Rate per kWh = $0.1101
#10. State of Oregon: Rate per kWh = $0.1103
Electricity Rates for All 50 States
The following is a list of all 50 states.
Each state has its most up-to-date price for electricity.
13.36 cents /kWh
22.93 cents /kWh
12.95 cents /kWh
10.01 cents /kWh
18.05 cents /kWh
12.09 cents /kWh
23.35 cents /kWh
13.25 cents /kWh
11.89 cents /kWh
11.52 cents /kWh
34.45 cents /kWh
9.93 cents /kWh
14.12 cents /kWh
13.00 cents /kWh
13.24 cents /kWh
13.35 cents /kWh
10.97 cents /kWh
9.62 cents /kWh
17.92 cents /kWh
14.25 cents /kWh
22.61 cents /kWh
15.45 cents /kWh
13.38 cents /kWh
12.01 cents /kWh
10.53 cents /kWh
11.24 cents /kWh
11.40 cents /kWh
12.42 cents /kWh
20.65 cents /kWh
12.26 cents /kWh
17.56 cents /kWh
12.34 cents /kWh
10.63 cents /kWh
12.49 cents /kWh
11.17 cents /kWh
11.03 cents /kWh
14.17 cents /kWh
22.37 cents /kWh
13.07 cents /kWh
11.53 cents /kWh
11.01 cents /kWh
12.01 cents /kWh
10.31 cents /kWh
17.19 cents /kWh
12.43 cents /kWh
9.72 cents /kWh
12.36 cents /kWh
14.85 cents /kWh
11.20 cents /kWh
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Electricity Cheaper At Night?
Yes, electricity is cheaper at night. But its also cheap in the morning as well. Think about it, when are people MOST active throughout the 24 hour cycle?
In the late evening and into the late parts of the morning, electricity rates are quite low. More so during the times when people are sleeping.
A common thing electric car owners do to charger their vehicles at home, is to set a timer to let the vehicle charge at “off-peak” hours. These hours are often 11pm to 7am (on average).
Where Does The Majority of Electricity Get Generated?
If you were to ask this question a few decades ago, you’d come to a simple answer. The most common method for generating power was coal.
As decades progressed, nuclear power became the cleaner and more efficient choice. Later on, natural gas became prevalent.
Now, in addition to all the fuels I mentioned, they use renewable sources such as hydroelectric, wind and sun light. More and more land is being bought to install solar panels and wind turbines across the entire earth.
Usually government and weather dictate how the electric companies produce electricity.
Most Common Electrical Measurement Terms
- mWh: This is an abbreviation for “Megawatts per Hour”.
- kWh: This is an abbreviation for “Kilowatts per Hour”.
- Wh: this is an abbreviation for “Watt hours”.
- kW: this is an abbreviation for “Kilowatts”
- Megawatts: is a measurement of power (1 Megawatt = 1,000 Kilowatts).
- Kilowatts: is a measurement of power (1 Kilowatt = 1,000 watts).
How To Calculate Electricity Cosumption
Calculating electricity consumption can seem complex, until you break down the math…
Once you know this information, you may start looking into power consumption more often.
Aside for random service fees, the main expenses will be your electricity consumption. As we’ve mentioned earlier, they measure your energy in kilowatts per hour (kW/h).
Lets take a standard LED house light bulb. This bulb consumes 9 watts per hour. If you leave it on 5 hours per day for an entire month (30 days), you’ll consume 1,350 watts in the entire month.
Divide 1,350 watts by 1000 and you get 1.35kW.
1.35kW x 0.1120 cents = $0.151 cents spent on that light bulb.
How about an electric car charger which consumes 3.3kW/h when plugged into a vehicle. Assuming you use this charger everyday for 5 hours, the monthly breakdown would be like this:
3.3kW x 5 hours x 30 days = 495kW x 0.1120 cents = $55.44 spent on charging every day.
Thanks for making it this far, I hope you enjoying reading this post. By now, you know the cheapest state to get electricity from is Louisiana. The most expensive state is Hawaii (for obvious reasons).
Calculating the cost of electricity can be very simple. By using the formula above, I hope this gives you more knowledge you can save money on your bills!