I had a request on our facebook page, and it was to make the most out of your electricity bill. I was asked to make changes to our electricity bill. To do this, I had to look at the electricity prices in every city we lived in. I think it is possible to get a general idea of the cost of electricity. I looked at each state, and how much electricity was used in each city. The cheapest cities, like Houston and Dallas, are about $0.20.
Electricity is a great metric. We know that Houston uses about 0.20 kilowatt hours a day, but what other cities do is pretty impressive. Austin uses about 0.20 kilowatt hours. Atlanta is 0.17 kilowatt hours and Charlotte is 0.17 kilowatt hours.
We know the cost of electricity is relatively consistent year to year, but what about the cost of electricity? When we look at electricity usage per capita, it doesn’t look that much different year to year. The average cost of electricity in the US is about 0.05 dollars a kilowatt hour. This is about the same as the cost of a gallon of gas. I am sure that many people can’t afford a gallon of gas.
Electricity is a common form of energy consumption in America, so I think it is pretty safe to say that the average person in the US is getting a pretty good deal.
It’s also good to know that russia has a pretty good electricity system. At $0.07 a kilowatt hour, you can see that it only represents a fraction of the real cost, and it’s still pretty cheap.
I don’t want to get into the politics of this issue, but electricity is clearly a good thing. I’m not saying that electricity is not expensive. It is. But the average person in the US is getting a very good deal on electricity.
Russia is not the source of the problem. Russia has a lot of power stations, but they are in fact pretty old and outdated. But that’s not to say that old power stations are always bad.
So I think its time we looked at what we as consumers actually get for every penny spent on electricity. A single person in the US uses about 100,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. That is about 10% of the total amount used by the entire world population. In 2011, the total global electricity demand was about 4.5 billion kilowatt hours per year. So if we put out 10% of the world’s electricity demand, we are getting $90 a year.
This is probably why it seems like there’s a lot of new and shiny electrical-related gadgets coming out all the time. It’s because there are really only two things we as consumers actually want: the ability to charge our phones, and a cheap way to plug in a plug into an outlet. We use about 150 kilowatt hours of electric power per year, which is less than the amount the world gets annually in electricity.
So, why is there even a need for a new electrical outlet in the first place? Well, the answer is simple enough. The world is just so big that most outlets are not enough to charge all of the gadgets we use. So in order to keep up, there has to be a few more power outlets.