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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, October 2014

State

$ Per  KWH

State

$ Per  KWH

State

$ Per  KWH

Alabama

$0.1178

Kentucky

$0.1039

North Dakota

$0.0998

Alaska

$0.1986

Louisiana

$0.0963

Ohio

$0.1300

Arizona

$0.1199

Maine

$0.1586

Oklahoma

$0.1074

Arkansas

$0.0984

Maryland

$0.1396

Oregon

$0.1078

California

$0.1332

Massachusetts

$0.1690

Pennsylvania

$0.1342

Colorado

$0.1174

Michigan

$0.1472

Rhode Island

$0.1720

Connecticut

$0.2019

Minnesota

$0.1247

South Carolina

$0.1262

Delaware

$0.1472

Mississippi

$0.1154

South Dakota

$0.1127

D.C.

$0.1321

Missouri

$0.1059

Tennessee

$0.1037

Florida

$0.1199

Montana

$0.1080

Texas

$0.1203

Georgia

$0.1134

Nebraska

$0.1076

Utah

$0.1025

Hawaii

$0.3641

Nevada

$0.1322

Vermont

$0.1741

Idaho

$0.1024

New Hampshire

$0.1808

Virginia

$0.1167

Illinois

$0.1314

New Jersey

$0.1559

Washington

$0.0883

Indiana

$0.1200

New Mexico

$0.1270

West Virginia

$0.0970

Iowa

$0.1140

New York

$0.1942

Wisconsin

$0.1413

Kansas

$0.1273

North Carolina

$0.1191

Wyoming

$0.1117





U.S. Total

$0.1258

Source: Energy Information Administration www.eia.gov