Consumption: 1,240 kWh per month
Price: 9.34 cents/kWh (lowest)
Bill: $115.79 per month (21st highest)
The state that consumed the most energy in 2016 also enjoyed the lowest electric prices. Louisiana residents, on average, consumed 14,880 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 9.34 cents per-kilowatt hour, meaning average monthly bills landed in the middle of the pack, despite the top-ranked usage.
Consumption: 1,238 kWh per month
Price: 10.41 cents/kWh (45th highest)
Bill: $128.89 per month (7th highest)
Tennessee didn’t trail far behind Louisiana in terms of energy usage, consuming an average of 14,856 kWh per household in 2016. Electric prices in the state ranked on the lower side of the spectrum (7th lowest in the nation), but conversely, state residents received the 7th highest bills.
Consumption: 1,214 kWh per month
Price: 11.99 cents/kWh (26th highest)
Bill: $145.55 per month (2nd highest)
Alabama ranked high for electric usage, but unfortunately for state residents, they also ranked high for electric prices at nearly 12 cents per kWh in 2016. As you may have guessed, this means Alabama’s monthly electric bills were sky-high as well, ranking second in the nation (and only missing out on the top spot by less than a dollar!).
Consumption: 1,203 kWh per month
Price: 10.47 cents/kWh (44th highest)
Bill: $125.91 per month (12th highest)
Alabama’s southern neighbor showed a little more restraint in usage and marked a return to low prices. However, Mississippi residents still received the 12th highest power bills in the nation, paying out more than $125 per month – that’s more than $1,500 for the year – in 2016.
Consumption: 1,156 kWh per month
Price: 10.99 cents/kWh (38th highest)
Bill: $127.10 per month (9th highest)
Texas has the second-most utility customers in the country, who combined to consume more energy than any other state in 2017, according to data from the Energy Information Association. In 2016, Texas customers enjoyed low prices in comparison to other states, but their usage – an average of 13,872 kWh annually per customer – drove bills up to the 9th highest in the nation.
6. South Carolina
Consumption: 1,155 kWh per month
Price: 12.65 cents/kWh (19th highest)
Bill: $146.09 per month (highest)
South Carolina earned the dubious distinction of highest electric bills per household in 2016, thanks to a combination of high usage and relatively high prices. On average, Palmetto State residents paid $146 per month for electricity, totaling up to $1,753 for the year. That’s nearly double the amount the state paid by the state with the lowest electric bills.
Consumption: 1,138 kWh per month
Price: 11.50 cents/kWh (29th highest)
Bill: $130.87 per month (6th highest)
Once again, geographical neighbors earned neighboring spots on this list. Ranked 7th in terms of consumption, Georgia’s electric bills nevertheless came in much lower than South Carolina’s, thanks to much lower prices (Georgia boasted the 23rd lowest prices in the nation, while S.C. came in at 33rd). Georgia residents paid $16 less per month than S.C. residents and nearly $200 less for the year.
Consumption: 1,123 kWh per month
Price: 10.98 cents/kWh (39th highest)
Bill: $123.37 per month (14th highest)
Lower still is Florida, whose residents consumed 1,123 kWh of energy per month, landing them at the eighth spot on this list. Their electric prices slid another 10 spots down to 13th lowest, putting their monthly bills at $123.37, on average.
Consumption: 1,121 kWh per month
Price: 10.49 cents/kWh (43rd highest)
Bill: $117.65 per month (17th highest)
Luckily for Kentucky’s residents, while their usage was the 9th highest in the nation, their electric prices were the 9th lowest, meaning within the top 10 energy consumers for 2016, the only state that received lower bills was Louisiana. In a wider context, at an average of $117.65 per month, Kentucky’s bills ranked 17th highest in the nation.
Consumption: 1,120 kWh per month
Price: 11.36 cents/kWh (33rd highest)
Bill: $127.14 per month (8th highest)
One kWh per month separated Virginia from Kentucky and placed the state in the 10th spot on this list. However, higher electric prices mean that even though Virginia residents used less electricity than Kentucky residents, they still paid higher bills – about $10 more per month, totaling up to $120 more for the year.