How Much Is the Average Electricity Bill?

By Adam P. Newton, February 14, 2017, Energy Efficiency, Home Improvement

While many people want to know monthly rent or mortgage rate for a home, the truly budget-savvy shopper digs deeper and asks about utility bills. And in Texas, this means learning the size of the average electricity bill. Having this baseline figure allows you to shop around and decipher a good deal from one that might be a little high.

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It can be difficult to determine what exactly an “average” electric bill might be. Rates depend on the part of the sates, how much electricity you actually use and, of course, the priced charged by the electricity company.

Nonetheless, some useful figures can help guide your decision.

Run the Numbers

Here’s the big picture.

According to 2015 data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average cost of electricity per residential household in the United States was $110.13 a month.

Texans tend to pay more than the rest of the country: approximately $136.00 a month. One reason for this higher cost is that, per capita, Texans tend to consume more electricity than people in other states.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case in your home. You have the power to use less electricity than the average consumer, and that can start with understanding the appliances in your home.

Hungry Appliances

If you research which countries use the most electricity per capita, you’ll notice that many of the top countries on the list are in cold climates. This is because heating systems are gluttonous when it comes to using electricity.

However, just because Texans are spared from the hardest ravages of winter doesn’t mean we don’t need electricity-hungry appliances to stay comfortable. If you enjoy the comforts of an air-conditioned home, you probably see that your electricity usages spikes in the summer. And if you live near the Gulf, you could be using even more electricity to run your dehumidifier.

So when you combine your air conditioner,  dehumidifier, and the muggy days of summer, many Texan homes use more electricity each year than the average American household. Of course, the television, refrigerator, video game consoles, and all of those smaller electronic devices that require regular charging combine to use more energy than you think.

Ultimately, it’s important that you learn about the big energy consumers in your house so that you can make informed decisions about what appliances to buy and when to use them.

Energy Choice in Texas

The good news is, because you can choose your electricity Texas company, the power is in your hands. Because of this competition, you can often get a great deal on the price you pay per kilowatt. By shopping around, you can weigh your options and decide which provider will give you the best deal — often complete with rewards. And when you combine a great rate with being a more efficient electricity user, you could end up with a manageable electricity bill that’s the envy of your fellow Texans.

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