Where Energy Bills are Highest

December 16, 2013

In some states, homeowners are paying nearly twice as much as the national average for electricity. That's according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the government agency responsible for the collection and dissemination of energy information, which released its most recent "Electric Sales, Revenue, and Average Price" report last month.

The report found that the average monthly electric bill nationwide was $107.28 last year, up from $78.24 a decade ago. The highest energy bills across the country were in these five states:

  1. Hawaii, where the average monthly electric bill is $203.15
  2. Alabama: $135.26
  3. South Carolina: $131.64
  4. Maryland: $129.00
  5. Texas: $128.27

Conversely, the places where homeowners paid the least to burn the midnight oil were the following states:

  1. New Mexico: $74.62
  2. Maine: $77.77
  3. Utah: $78.70
  4. Colorado: $80.94
  5. Montana: $84.88

Besides Hawaii, which had the second lowest consumption levels after Maine, high energy bills don't seem to correlate with higher rates of energy conservation. The three regions that cover the south and southwest from Texas east to Florida and up to the mid-Atlantic region were the highest users of energy, while many of the states within these regions also paid the highest energy bills each month.

Sources: "Shocking: Average Residential Electricity Bills in the U.S.," Builder Online (Dec. 4, 2013) and Average Monthly Electric Bill by State, National Association of Home Builders (Dec. 2, 2013).

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