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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, August 2014

State

$ Per  KWH

State

$ Per  KWH

State

$ Per  KWH

Alabama

$0.1179

Kentucky

$0.1008

North Dakota

$0.1094

Alaska

$0.2043

Louisiana

$0.0977

Ohio

$0.1350

Arizona

$0.1244

Maine

$0.1535

Oklahoma

$0.1013

Arkansas

$0.1000

Maryland

$0.1371

Oregon

$0.1075

California

$0.1812

Massachusetts

$0.1769

Pennsylvania

$0.1391

Colorado

$0.1283

Michigan

$0.1488

Rhode Island

$0.1838

Connecticut

$0.1967

Minnesota

$0.1285

South Carolina

$0.1248

Delaware

$0.1412

Mississippi

$0.1162

South Dakota

$0.1142

D.C.

$0.1266

Missouri

$0.1217

Tennessee

$0.1047

Florida

$0.1198

Montana

$0.1089

Texas

$0.1201

Georgia

$0.1252

Nebraska

$0.1206

Utah

$0.1156

Hawaii

$0.3781

Nevada

$0.1263

Vermont

$0.1787

Idaho

$0.1054

New Hampshire

$0.1718

Virginia

$0.1200

Illinois

$0.1195

New Jersey

$0.1600

Washington

$0.0893

Indiana

$0.1156

New Mexico

$0.1357

West Virginia

$0.0952

Iowa

$0.1342

New York

$0.1949

Wisconsin

$0.1426

Kansas

$0.1274

North Carolina

$0.1144

Wyoming

$0.1113





U.S. Total

$0.1301

Source: Energy Information Administration www.eia.gov