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Good Graph Friday: To save on your electric bill, move to Utah

 

 

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Who pays most for electricity?
Your home electric bill varies widely depending on where you live.
THE FIVE LOWEST
State
Avg. consumption
(kilowatt-hours/month)
Avg. retail price
(cents per kilowatt-hour)
Avg. monthly bill
Utah
786
8.71
$68.43
New Mexico
659
10.52
$69.35
Montana
845
9.16
$77.37
Wyoming
883
8.77
$77.43
Colorado
709
11.04
$78.22
THE FIVE HIGHEST
State
Avg. consumption
(kilowatt-hours/month)
Avg. retail price
(cents per kilowatt-hour)
Avg. monthly bill
Hawaii
601
28.1
$168.86
Maryland
1096
14.32
$156.94
Alabama
1384
10.67
$147.69
Connecticut
750
19.25
$144.40
Texas
1199
11.6
$138.99
msnbc.com

 

It’s that time of the year: It's darker, colder, and we're fretting about the arrival of the electric bill.

You have a lot more to worry about if you live in Connecticut than if you live Colorado.

The Energy Information Administration this week released the most recent data comparing Americans’ average electricity bills by state.

The 2010 figures show that residents of Hawaii, Maryland and Alabama have a lot more to fear in their electric bill than folks living in Utah, New Mexico or Montana.

There are plenty of reasons why electric bills vary much more widely than, say, the price you pay at the gas pump.

Jonathan Cogan, an information specialist with the EIA, said one big help is if your energy comes from a low-cost source, like hydropower plants in the Pacific Northwest or coal-fired plants elsewhere in the country.

In addition, the cost depends on how much power people use. In the South, for example, people depend heavily on electricity for air conditioning in the summer and are more likely to use electricity for heat in the winter, Cogan said.

In the Northeast, on the other hand, air conditioning is less prevalent and most people use other power sources, like gas, for heating.

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