Consumption: 1,201 kWh per month
Price: 11.7 cents/kWh (9th lowest)
Bill: $140.52 per month (7th highest)
The state that consumed the most energy in 2020 also enjoyed some of the lowest electricity rates in the country. Louisiana residents, on average, consumed 14,412 kWh of electricity throughout the year – which is more than double the average consumption of the state whose residents consumed the least amount of electricity. However, the electric rate in Louisiana was only 11.7 cents per kilowatt-hour, the 9th lowest in the country. The state’s lower electric rates meant Louisiana residents did not pay the most in energy bills, despite the top-ranked usage.
Consumption: 1,168 kWh per month
Price: 11.25 cents/kWh (5th lowest)
Bill: $131.40 per month (18th highest)
Tennessee didn’t trail far behind Louisiana in terms of energy usage, consuming an average of 14,016 kWh per household in 2020. The average electric price in the state was the 5th lowest in the nation and ranked even lower than in Louisiana. But conversely, state residents received the 18th highest bills because of their high consumption levels.
Consumption: 1,146 kWh per month
Price: 11.61 cents/kWh (6th lowest)
Bill: $133.05 per month (17th highest)
Mississippi residents enjoyed a low average electricity rate – the 6th lowest in the nation – but still paid more for electricity than the average U.S. bill. That’s because the average energy usage level in Mississippi is the third-highest in the country. Consuming an average of 1,146 kWh each month in 2020, residents pay more than $130 in monthly energy bills – that’s more than $1,500 in annual energy costs.
Consumption: 1,145 kWh per month
Price: 13.60 cents/kWh (20th highest)
Bill: $155.72 per month (2nd highest)
Alabama ranked high for electric usage, but unfortunately for state residents, it also ranked high for electric prices at nearly 13.6 cents/kWh. As you may have guessed, this means Alabama’s monthly electric bills were sky-high as well, ranking second in the nation only behind Hawaii.
Consumption: 1,142 kWh per month
Price: 12.45 cents/kWh (33rd highest)
Bill: $142.18 per month (4th highest)
Florida residents consumed 1,142 kWh of energy per month, landing them at the fifth spot on this list. The state’s average electric prices were the 17th-lowest in the nation, but the high usage levels translated into the 4th-highest average electricity bill per month.
Consumption: 1,132kWh per month
Price: 12.24 cents/kWh (34th highest)
Bill: $138.56 per month (11th highest)
The deregulated energy market in Texas means consumers are able to choose from a variety of providers and shop for low electric rates. The top residential provider in the state is TXU Energy. Other leaders include Reliant Energy and Direct Energy. Electric rates in Texas tend to be lower than the U.S. average – and in this case, they were the 16th-lowest. However, high consumption habits meant that Texans paid the 11th-highest energy bills in the nation.
Consumption: 1,114 kWh per month
Price: 12.75 cents/kWh (30th highest)
Bill: $142.04 per month (5th highest)
Arizona residents had average electric rates that were in the middle of the pack but still ended up paying the 5th-highest monthly energy bill. This is mainly because the state ranks 7th in the nation for high energy consumption.
Consumption: 1,095 kWh per month
Price: 12.55 cents/kWh (32nd highest)
Bill: $137.42 per month (12th highest)
Falling just slightly behind Arizona in consumption is Virginia, which takes the 8th spot on this list. Virginia residents had the 18th-lowest energy rates in the country but still paid higher bills than average. With a monthly bill of $137.42, Virginia’s high consumption levels ended up costing residents more than $1,600 a year in energy bills.
9. North Dakota
Consumption: 1,085 kWh per month
Price: 12.81 cents/kWh (29th highest)
Bill: $138.99 per month (9th highest)
North Dakota landed the 9th spot on this list for energy usage in 2020, consuming an average of 13,020 kWh of power a year. Although the state’s average electricity price was below the average U.S. rate, residents paid more in energy bills than 41 other states.
Consumption: 1,081 kWh per month
Price: 12.97 cents/kWh (27th highest)
Bill: $140.21 per month (8th highest)
Only 4 kWh of usage separates Georgia from North Dakota on this list. Although Georgia’s usage level is a little bit lower than North Dakota, the state’s energy bills sit a few dollars higher. That’s because Georgia’s average energy rate is the 27th-highest in the nation. With a monthly bill of just over $140, Georgians paid an average of $1,680 in energy costs a year in 2020.