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Households across the U.S. are feeling the strain of rising prices over the past year, including increased electricity costs. Texas residents are no different, but may feel some relief due to the state’s deregulated energy market and competition for their business. How do Texans stack up in terms of monthly electric bills? And what factors influence the price of electricity?
As of June 2022*, the average Texas home pays 13.30 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity, a price that’s 12.6% below the U.S. average. For Texans, the average usage each month is 1,176 kWh, resulting in $156.41 for base electricity costs. Other factors, such as fees, delivery charges, and the amount of usage impact your residential electricity bill. Reading your Texas Electricity Facts Label will help you understand and estimate your monthly bill.
Larger homes naturally use more electricity, and the median home size in Texas is 2,000-plus square feet. Texas is the country’s largest energy consumer with its warm climate and increased demand due to its growing population. Look at the chart below to see average electricity usage and prices based on the size of your home. Often, the price per kWh decreases with higher consumption, but for comparison’s sake, the chart uses the average price per kWh in Texas.
|Home||Size||Avg Monthly Usage||Price (kWh)||Monthly Cost|
|One Bedroom Apartment||750 sq. ft.||750 kWh||13.30￠||$99.75|
|Two Bedroom Apartment||1,000 sq. ft.||880 kWh||13.30￠||$117.04|
|Average Home||2,000 sq. ft.||1,325 kWh||13.30￠||$176.23|
|Large Home||3,000 sq. ft.||2,200 kWh||13.30￠||$292.60|
A majority of Texans can shop around for a retail electric provider, not owned by a utility or cooperative. While savings can come from having options in the market, keep reading to learn about the other influences impacting the overall cost of electricity.
*Prices based on U.S. Energy Information Administration data, June 2022
While it’s possible to calculate the average electric bill in Texas, it’s challenging to pinpoint and predict your bill due to three major factors: natural gas costs, company operating costs, and consumer usage.
What role does fuel play in driving up the cost of electricity? The answer: Most power generators own plants that burn natural gas. And natural gas prices jumped 48% in one month (July 2022) to historic 14-year highs due to depleted production, high demand, and world economic influences. To pay for the gas to generate your electricity, companies offset the costs by passing it onto customers, which directly affects the rates that you are billed for service. Also, different companies have different methods of implementing fuel costs into your total bill, which can drive up the standard rate individuals are charged for energy.
Beyond fuel, operating costs like labor and maintenance are impacted by market conditions and the condition of the power plants. From a broad perspective, as the energy industry and fuel costs face fluctuations, the instability will be reflected in rising operating costs and higher rates. Whether from equipment investments, line losses, meter reading, or a variety of other work-related charges, operating expenses add up for customers and can noticeably influence the final bill.
Consumers can also play an important role in the electricity costs they face. When getting started, there are a variety of electricity plans to choose from including fixed and variable plans. These plans differ in the way they charge consumers, as the rate is ultimately calculated based on your own projected usage, the public’s average usage, or your personal monthly consumption. Some plans, as a result, mean customers could be overcharged by paying for estimated usage and not for actual energy used.
At Payless Power, our customers use 27% less energy than the average Texas customer. By leveraging technology, a daily notification system, and access to a variety of principal utilities around the state, Payless can provide affordable rates with no deposit required.
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