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How do I determine my electric rate?

Your electric bill is calculated by your energy usage (total watts used) multiplied by the electric rate for your home or business.

Energy usage is measured in kilowatt hours (KWH). A kilowatt equals 1000 watts. A kilowatt hour equals 1000 watts for 1 hour.

Using 1 KWH of power at a rate of $0.12 per KWH costs $0.12.

Using 10 KWH of power at a rate of $0.12 per KWH costs $1.12.

Residential Electric Rates by State


























Sample Electric Bill

Sample Electric Bill

How to Calculate the Electric Rate from Your Bill

Calculating the electric rate from your bill can be a little tricky. There are usually categories of charges and credits to determine your electric rate.

In the example below, add the amounts in the “rate” column, but subtracting the “deferred energy adjustment” credit amount. The electric rate for this bill is $.12047. Note the service charges are flat rates and are not affected by your energy usage. These charges are not included in your electric rate.

It is common for electric rates to change slightly over a short period of time. When using the energy usage calculators, calculate your exact rate for a given month, or use the “Average Electric Rate by State” chart below.

Residential Electric Rates

Average Residential Electric Rates by State, September 2014

State

$ Per  KWH

State

$ Per  KWH

State

$ Per  KWH

Alabama

$0.1188

Kentucky

$0.1006

North Dakota

$0.1096

Alaska

$0.1962

Louisiana

$0.0974

Ohio

$0.1225

Arizona

$0.1237

Maine

$0.1582

Oklahoma

$0.1112

Arkansas

$0.1017

Maryland

$0.1355

Oregon

$0.1072

California

$0.1802

Massachusetts

$0.1687

Pennsylvania

$0.1349

Colorado

$0.1272

Michigan

$0.1482

Rhode Island

$0.1723

Connecticut

$0.1974

Minnesota

$0.1277

South Carolina

$0.1247

Delaware

$0.1378

Mississippi

$0.1141

South Dakota

$0.1152

D.C.

$0.1256

Missouri

$0.1096

Tennessee

$0.1007

Florida

$0.1231

Montana

$0.1099

Texas

$0.1199

Georgia

$0.1212

Nebraska

$0.1209

Utah

$0.1112

Hawaii

$0.3812

Nevada

$0.1287

Vermont

$0.1779

Idaho

$0.1002

New Hampshire

$0.1737

Virginia

$0.1208

Illinois

$0.1165

New Jersey

$0.1585

Washington

$0.0895

Indiana

$0.1163

New Mexico

$0.1271

West Virginia

$0.0951

Iowa

$0.1225

New York

$0.1940

Wisconsin

$0.1462

Kansas

$0.1235

North Carolina

$0.1159

Wyoming

$0.1111





U.S. Total

$0.1294

Source: Energy Information Administration www.eia.gov