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Pennsylvania 19th in average residential electricity bill

| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

Pennsylvania households spent an average of $1,400 on electricity in 2016, the 19th highest amount in the country, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.

The average residential expenditure is a combination of the average rate charged for residential electricity and the average amount of electricity used by households.

The average rate for residential electricity in Pennsylvania was 13.86 cents per kilowatt-hour, the 15th highest rate.

The national averages were 12.55 cents per kilowatt-hour and $1,351 per household.

Hawaii households faced the highest rate at 27.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. But their state experiences mild temperatures throughout the year, so their average expenditure on electricity was $1,665, the fifth highest amount.

South Carolina residents faced an electricity rate less than half that of Hawaii at $12.65 cents per kilowatt-hour but ended up with the highest average household expenditure for electricity at $1,753.

Louisiana had the lowest rate at 9.34 cents per kilowatt hour and was 21st for average household spending at $1,390.

Households in New Mexico spent the least on electricity at $911 despite having a rate of $12.03 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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