# How much do you pay per kilowatt-hour (kwh) for your electricity?

Asked by JLeslie (45011 ) September 2nd, 2009

This question was prompted by a previous discussion about solar power. It was pointed out that in the US we pay very little for electricity, so there is not much incentive to pursue alternative energy. Hopefully we will get some answers from people outside of the US.

So, if you could tell us:
1. How much per kwh do you pay?
2. Where do you live?
3. I would also be interested in how much you are paying for gas these days?

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1. there are three levels of pricing, depending on how much is used
0–700 =0.093 700–1000=0.157 over1000 = 0.175 per KWH in the summer. This varies seasonally

2. Northern California
3.Natural gas for heating and cooking; baseline therms (seasonal) 0.968 above that 1.213
3. Gasoline for automobile \$2.83.9 (yesterday, changes daily)

Interesting that your electricity goes up after a certain amount of usage. It’s almost like a luxury tax.

JLeslie (45011 )

yes, our company is doing everything they can to encourage people to reduce their usage.

Great Question! I hope other countries will chime in.

1) We pay \$ 0.114
2) Upstate New york
3a) We don’t have Natural Gas (we use oil – \$2.25/gallon and wood for heat)
3b) Gasoline just cost me \$2.79 / gallon

Lupin (4354 )

.14/KW, if usage goes up it drops to .13/KW

Gas is \$2.36/gal

Northeast Texas

mac316 (585 )

To be honest, I have no idea. I do pay attention to the little part of the bill that shows me what my usage was in this month last year, and this year every month has been lower, so I’m happy. (June and July were the biggest wins, as I didn’t run the air conditioner until we broke 100 degrees in August.)

cwilbur (14077 )

0.13 euros per kWh (\$0.18)
Germany
1.35 euros per liter (\$7.2 per gallon)

My new Ford Fiesta gets me 65 miles per gallon.

With my photovoltaics system I’m able to see 1 kWh of electricity for 0.54 euros (feed-in tarif system)

mattbrowne (31286 )

@mattbrowne Is that an imperial gallon?

JLeslie (45011 )

I heard the rate in Israel is 5–6x the US rate. It would be interesting to hear from that side of the Atlantic.

Lupin (4354 )

@JLeslie – For the conversion above I used U.S. liquid gallons (≈ 3.8 liters) and the current \$ exchange rate.

mattbrowne (31286 )

@mattbrowne Wow. Diesel?

JLeslie (45011 )

@JLeslie – Diesel is about 20% cheaper than unleaded. At least at the moment.

mattbrowne (31286 )

@mattbrowne I know that the diesel gets very high gas mileage. That actually makes me feel better. I was feeling like they were holding technology back from the American market for high MPG on “regular” gas.

JLeslie (45011 )

@JLeslie – Yes, but good filter technology is required for diesel. In the past diesel was somewhat problematic in regions with extreme cold weather in the US. It’s not a problem anymore. It’s too bad the Fiesta isn’t sold in the US.

mattbrowne (31286 )

I agree with the article that it might be difficult to market a diesel car here. But, it might be nice if they tried to sell a few, eventually it might start to catch on.

JLeslie (45011 )

Don’t forget that diesel has a higher energy content per liter than gasoline. Tht is responsible for some ( about ⅓) of the advantage.
Depending upon the oil source, when optimized, a barrel of oil can yield 17 gallons of gasoline, 19 gallons of diesel and heating oil and the remainder is other solvents and tars. If you try to get all diesel out of the barrel you will not get the optimum yield. There are too many light ends that go into gasoline that are not in diesel.
Diesel is more expensive than Gasoline here. That permits “tuning” of the system.

Lupin (4354 )

In 2010:

1. How much per kwh do you pay? About 23 cents.
2. Where do you live? Honolulu.
3. I would also be interested in how much you are paying for gas these days? About \$3.40/gal unleaded regular. \$3.80 at the start of Feb 2010 on Maui. Diesel is not cheaper here.

lilikoi (10008 )

@Lupin All good points.

lilikoi (10008 )

@lilikoi You might be interested in this link http://www.fuelgaugereport.com/ for gas prices. My state is usually one of the lowest. I live in TN. I think I paid around \$2.50 for premium the last time I got gas.

JLeslie (45011 )