Curious about electricity costs by state? You aren’t alone. Many Mr. Electric® customers wonder how their electric bill compares to the rest of the country. Are you paying more or less for electricity than other homeowners in different parts of the U.S.?
Let’s break it down by giving you the top three most expensive and least expensive states for electricity costs. Plus, we will throw in some tips to help you lower your electric bill wherever you are!
Electricity Rates by State
Are you thinking about moving and wondering what to expect from your electricity bill? Take a look at the most expensive and cheapest residential electricity rates by state. The list below is taken from published residential electricity rate data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Top Three Most Expensive States for Electricity
Top Three Least Expensive States for Electricity
Why Are the Electricity Costs by State Different?
Electricity costs vary by state because electricity is a secondary product converted from raw materials such as coal, natural gas, uranium, the sun, and wind. The average electricity rate for a state will depend on their energy portfolio mix of the utilities operating there, the contracts they sign, and the cost of shipping raw materials.
For example, in Hawaii, the cost is highest because their fossil fuel-based raw materials have to be delivered by ship. On the other hand, Louisiana is an energy-rich state with many local refineries, and where one company owns several power plants, creating the necessary energy rather than having to purchase it from another source.
How to Save on Your Electric Bill
Regardless of where they live, most homeowners believe that lowering energy bills is important. Here are some electrical energy-saving tips to keep your monthly bill as low as possible:
- Invest in a Smart Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you as much as 10 percent each year on energy costs. Plus, it provides you with the convenience of controlling your HVAC from your mobile device.
- Use Ceiling Fans
When properly installed, ceiling fans allow you to lower your thermostat by 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, which can save you a whopping 30 percent on air conditioning costs.
- Upgrade Your Light Fixtures
Take advantage of energy-efficient lighting solutions – CFL and LED bulbs use 75 to 85 percent less energy and last much longer than traditional light bulbs.
- Get an Energy Audit from Mr. Electric
Find out everywhere your home is wasting energy, where you can increase efficiency, and how you can reduce consumption, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.
Take Your Energy Efficiency Up a Notch With Mr. Electric
Whether your electricity rates are among the highest or the lowest – or somewhere in between – there are steps you can take to save. Contact our local experts at Mr. Electric today. Schedule an energy audit appointment online or call us at (844) 866-1367.