Energy costs are low but electric bills aren’t

In every state electric utilities are regulated, but even so the rates consumers pay to keep the lights on and, in some cases heat and cool their homes, has been going up. Because different states have different ways of regulating utilities, the average monthly electric bill can vary widely, depending on where you live.

Outside of Alaska and Hawaii, the states with the highest average monthly bill are located in the west south central U.S. and include Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. The average monthly electric bill in that region was $126.75 in 2013, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

In the Pacific region, made up of California, Oregon, and Washington, the average bill is the lowest in the U.S. – $90.84. The state with the highest average monthly electric bill was Hawaii at $190.36 or nearly 2.5 times the average electric bill in New Mexico, which was the lowest in 2013 at $76.56…

For a one-bedroom apartment, my electric bill averages about $50 or $60 a month here in Albuquerque.  Compared to what I paid in Houston, Texas, that’s a great deal.  Of course, in Houston, you pretty much have to use the air conditioner about 10 months out of the year.

Also, PNM, my electric company, recently sent me a rebate for $25 because a lot of my electric usage is during off-peak hours.  (Shout out to insomnia, saving me money, that scamp.) And I cannot recall ever receiving a rebate from an electric company before.

The bad news? (There’s always bad news.)  My electric bill is about to go up because PNM wants to build more solar power (or something like that).  Still, here in New Mexico, I can open my windows for months out of the year, which is really nice.  (I mean, the fresh air is nice, not the dirt that the wind blows in through the screens…)

(P.S.  Killed my first spider of the season today.  This guy was extremely fast, or I’m extremely slow, one or the other.  However, you’ll be glad to know it’s dead.  Now, I just need to clean it up…)

3 thoughts on “Energy costs are low but electric bills aren’t

  1. I heard a comedian back when I was young saying we could be millionaires too and that one day that inflation will make it so. Now as you have alluded to the price of energy being low but the electric bill is not. With energy companies raising rates on a whim they do not say boo about the low cost at present. So much deception, like why are grocery costs going up while portions are getting smaller?

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