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A Consumer’s Guide to Residential Electricity Prices

Electricity is an essential part of modern life. In our homes we use it for lighting, running appliances and electronics, and for heating and cooling. Most consumers do not think much about their electricity until a power outage, or when they are “shocked” by a high utility bill.

Fortunately in the United States, power outages are relatively infrequent and short in duration mainly because we have one of the most advanced, reliable, and well-maintained electricity generation, transmission and distribution systems in the world.

Electricity bills, however, are frequent and unavoidable. The dollar amount charged each month is a function of the price per kilowatt hour (kWh) and the amount of kilowatt hours consumed; other add-ons to your bill include State and local taxes and costs for maintaining reliability

To learn more, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration web site.

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