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Average Electric Bills

9/12/2008 9:47:00 AM

Tags: electricity, conservation

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How much electricity do you use each month? Have you ever wondered how your electric bills compare to other households?

These are the average figures for electricity bills in the United States, according to this handy page of statistics from the Energy Information Agency (EIA).

 * The average residential monthly bill is $95.66

 * Average residential monthly use is 920 kilowatt hours (kWh)

 * The average price paid per kWh is 10.4 cents, so about a dime. (Here’s a further breakdown by state.)

Are your electric bills above or below these averages? Are you taking steps to reduce your electricity use? You can share your thoughts by posting a comment below.

 

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Megan E. Phelps is a freelance writer based in Kansas. She enjoys reading and writing about all things related to sustainable living including homesteading skills, green building and renewable energy. You can find her on .



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jmsla
4/1/2014 5:28:07 PM
I live in a 650 sq ft apartment in NYC. I use less that 400 kWh per month and my bills are over one hundred dollars. My current bill has me using 371 kWh for 30 days and the bill is $122. Even if I subtract the sales tax and some of the state imposed surcharges that Con Edison passes on to the customer, my rate per kWh is 30 cents per kWh. How can they justify that??*#@^%!

chucksk
3/28/2014 5:47:50 PM
My bill rns around $45 per month, between 150 and 240 kWh per mo. I live lightly, but I think for most the biggest gains are in having good insulation and tight doors/windows, since the heating and cooling systems use quite a bit of electricity. Here, just a wood stove and a water tank saddled on the side provides ample heat and hot water, I do use a fair amount of lighting with some daylighting for shop and home. We revamped one home which now uses 1/5th the energy and is much nicer, but requires an air-to-air heat exchanger for fresh air inside (easy add-on). LED lighting would help, newer super-efficient refrigerator, then solar pnaels!

bwengr
1/22/2013 3:58:53 PM
We just bought a house and I stumbled across this site looking for typical electrical. We are currently averaging 19 kWh in our 1300 sq. ft. single story house in Los Angeles. Which is about $100/month. The temperature has been getting into the low 30's at night so the heater has been going most of the day and is set at 72. We have computer and networking equipment for my home business running most of the day. We also have a new tankless water heater. I think besides the heater the big use of energy would be my PC with dual monitors on for about 18 hours a day and when watching an LED backlit TV with a power hogging surround sound receiver.

Dale Wiley
6/27/2012 3:24:29 PM
Those average monthly numbers don't take into consideration that most households also use natural gas or heating oil along with that. If you converted the natural gas most houses use into KWH then the average monthly bill would be almost double that. Remember that if your trying to compare to an all electric household. Our house is all electric and we average 750 KWH a month. I don't know anyone in our area with a bill that low that doesn't use natural gas on top of it. Our monthly minimum with Entergy appears to be around $45.

Rj Boyden
6/21/2012 8:48:58 PM
Anna, I hate to put a damper on you energy analysis, First let me say that I am proud that you reduced your electrical bill to such a small number, But there is no way a freezer of any size only uses 325 watt a year, unless it is not plugged in and uses ice to cool. The same goes for the refrigerator that only uses 83 watts a year, that would mean you could leave it running for 4.39 days and only use 1 watt of power.. I doubt it... What you are reading is that that energy appliance may save that much on a daily, monthly or yearly basis over a non-energy star appliance.

Rj Boyden
6/21/2012 8:38:45 PM
Your numbers are wrong in several aspects, First the average residential electric bill is $96.50 per month and the average lighting percentage is 10 -15 percent, that would mean a $ 9.60 to 14.50 per month. And you will not save 80 to 85 percent going to fluorescent.

ryan
5/3/2012 8:43:40 AM
Depending on the bulb installed. The average lighting cost in a home is 24.70. Using fluorescents will save you about 22 dollars a month for the average person. However, if you are someone that leaves lights on all day and night it will save you much more.

Bernard Jackson
4/7/2012 12:58:31 PM
I found a way 2 cut our energy bill almost in half, its on this web page www.goesopportunity.co/pinebelt

Jaime Cool
3/29/2012 5:49:11 PM
We use about 480 kw a month,, and are trying to cut that in half atleast.. Husband is about to hook out our passive solar water batch collector, to heat our water,,, soooo that should really cut it down.. we need to get to 4 kwh a day before we put our solar panels up...still have some work to do!

Anna Kessler
1/8/2012 4:08:12 AM
My monthly light bill was $29.10, but $11.27 of that was for the "customer charge & taxes/fees. The ACTUAL energy charge was only $12.43 (30 days: 170 kWh used (5.6 kWh day), $ .93 day). I have vaulted ceilings, fireplace and triple sliding doors, & an 18 cu ft refrigerator that is not energy efficient. But I leave the vertical patio door drapes closed tight all day while I am at work. Bedroom blinds are closed, too. I don't use a bunch of lamps in the living room -- On the side of my 10' wide white brick & brass fireplace, I have two beautiful wall scounces with CFLs (amber glass with the long, wrought iron black flower stem). That's all I use, and there's plenty of light. Most of the time, I only turn on one of the two sconces. Ilight the whole place with 4-watt plug-in night lights. Every room has one. Since I know where everything IS in the bathroom, kitchen and living room, I don't need to turn on the lights -- the night lights are enough. I mean, really, you should know where the toilet and sink is by now - LOL! That's what runs up your bill - turning on the lights everytime you walk into a room. I planning on buying a dorm-room size superconductor refrigerator, just to keep my condiments in and get rid of the refrigerator. They're only 83 watts a year. I keep everything frozen in an energy star apt freezer that only uses 325 watts a year. So I expect my light bill will go down even more. When I had done this before, my light bill was only $9.50 month. Good luck with your new small house.

Jeremiah Simpkins
12/3/2011 4:08:22 PM
My family's average over the past year is about 650 kwh per month. We pay $0.097 USD per kwh in our area. Before I had made any changes (switching to CFLs, lowering the water heater temperature, upgrading to a new energy star fridge, etc...) we typically consumed 1000-1200 kwh per month.

T BRANDT
9/23/2011 11:00:01 PM
Your air conditioner and furnace blower fans are your biggest users of electricity. Your fridge- which actually only runs periodically- is next on the list, and then there's those 300W big screen TVs & stereos. Your lighting only accounts for about 10% of your bill. Switching to the more expensive but more efficient flourescents will only save you about $8 a month and may not be worth it from the purely economic side- conservation concerns are another matter. Leaving TVs & stereos on when you're not paying attention and having a fridge or furnace larger than needed are sources of inefficiency that may be easily remedied. Improving the insulation of the house will ease the load on the furnace and its fan, and shading the house with trees, vines or even roof-top planters will reduce AC usage. There's probably plenty of other tips others can give you.

charlene knight
9/23/2011 8:11:22 PM
We have a fixed income. We will shortly be living in a new smaller house which had a lot of sun. No one I have contacted has any had any info about how economically we can lower our electric bill - they are more interested in telling how to get money back from the governments. Any ideas?

That Solar Guy
9/2/2011 11:09:06 AM
FYI, in terms of solar production to offset the average 920kWh most of you are looking at around a 7000watt solar system At $3/watt you're looking at a $21,000 investment to completely eliminate the AVERAGE electric bill.

greg burch
3/27/2010 3:10:14 AM
You are kidding right? id DREAM of that my avg usage is 2000-3000kwh a month! in a 3br 3 bath 2000sq ft manufactured home from 2001 in south carolina and down here they had only storm windows in the house and people at construction companys say double pane wont change my usage at all? maybe im wrong but when people remove single pane windows and leave only storms the drafts alone eat me alive so do the windows profusly sweating?

Chuck Kottke
12/30/2008 12:04:27 AM
OOPS! I meant to say 10.6 cents per kWh above!! Gurus tell me that first achieve 240 kWh per month or less electric usage, and best to get a super-efficient fridge and freezer, and go with the best daylighting and compact fluorescent / LED lights. I'm plenty warm with a wood stove, using a bare hot water tank beside it for hot water, and have been cooking most meals on the stove-top with the only trouble being everything cooks fast, and I've gotta watch it! The better new small engines come with oil pressure pumps, low oil indicators, fuel, oil, and air filters, and are built to last - so making a wood gas electric/heat system might prove durable enough for home use. I'm leaning towards the new lithium-iron phosphate batteries for backup storage and grid intertie - Lithium Iron is better for the environment and is more plentiful, but carbon nanotube supercaps might be in the future as well..

Chuck Kottke
12/29/2008 11:36:56 PM
My average monthly electric bill is around $42.00 U.S. My average monthly usage is 240 kilowatt hours (kWh) The average price I pay is something like $10.6 / kWh I'm pretty efficient, but let's see.. A lot of the compact fluorescents are 27W jobs, and I'm getting more 13W ones to replace those energy hogs. The fridge is newer, but not super-efficient, so there's room for improvement there - with the best available, that could save $5.00 - $10.00 per month.. If I can keep things around 200 kWh per month I think solar will be in my future - and there's plenty enough light with the windows, compact fluorescents, etc in winter. I'd like to add a wood gasifier engine power system in the future - hot water in winter, and plenty of efficient electric to boot - makes perfect sense in this land of dark winters here in N. Wisconsin!! Hope you all keep warm in this season of arctic challenges!

spidermonkey
9/27/2008 11:20:51 PM
sigh my rate is ~60% over that getting a new place soon it should help, lights may not flicker and insulated







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