No one likes getting their electric bill, and for most of us, it’s the most expensive utility we have to pay for. If you’re wondering if your current electric bill is abnormally high or low, or if you’re getting ready to move into a new place and you want to know what to expect, you’re in the right place.
Below, we’ll outline everything you need to know about your electric bill for small apartments so you can work on reducing these costs, both for the sake of your wallet and for the environment!
How much is an average monthly electric bill?
The average electric bill for a 1 bedroom apartment per month is about $50-90, depending on where you live. It will increase for larger apartments and households, and vary depending on your lifestyle.
Your electric bill is likely to account for the highest expense on your monthly utility bill. Most Americans find their electricity usage is 41% heating and cooling, so that’s often the biggest expense. We’ll break down the average electricity usage later in this article.
Your apartment electric bill will also vary depending on your appliances and electronics, where you live (as it varies by state), the climate, how many people live in your household, and how large or small your apartment is.
What uses the most electricity in an apartment?
You will probably find that the appliance that uses the most electricity in an apartment is the air-conditioning system.
The amount your air conditioning system gets used depends on the season, where you live, and how cool you like to be when in your home. If you live in a cooler state, your air conditioning usage is likely to be limited to summer months when just opening the windows isn’t enough to keep you cool.
If you live in a state that’s typically warm year-round, like Arizona, Nevada, or Florida, your AC usage is going to be much more frequent, for longer periods of the year, so you can expect to have a higher electric bill.
Of course, if you have to heat your home, you may find the cost offsets the difference of the added expense in hotter states.
What are typical apartment utilities?
There are a number of apartment utilities that can be powered using electricity, and will, therefore, contribute to your electricity bill.
- heating – 46% of apartments in the US use electricity to power their heating systems
- water heating – 49% of apartments in the US use electricity to heat up their water
- cooking – 64% of apartments in the US have use of an electric oven or stove
- air conditioning (as mentioned above)
- internet and cable
If you find that your electric bills are particularly high, you could find alternative methods to powering these utilities or work to make them more efficient wherever you can. We will talk more about this below.
What is the average electric bill for a 1 bedroom apartment?
The average electric bill for a 1 bedroom apartment for someone living alone is around $60 per month, and with two residents that rises to around $66 per month.
How many kWh does an apartment use per day?
The average American household uses about 914 kWh a month, which works out as a little over 30 kWh a day. So, you can expect a 1-2 bedroom apartment to be anywhere between 20-30 kWh a day.
How many kWh a day is normal?
If you’re using much over the US average (30 kWh) a day, and you’re not using an intensive appliance all day, such as the dryer, for multiple days, you should look into what appliance in your home is using excessive energy.
What is the average electric bill for a 2 bedroom apartment?
The average electric bill for a 2 bedroom apartment with two residents is around $76 per month and will increase for each additional resident.
What is the average kWh usage for a 2 bedroom apartment?
Again, you can expect your daily kWh to be around 30 kWh a day, or 900 kWh a month.
How many kWh a day is normal for a 2 bedroom apartment?
Anything between 20-30 kWh for a 1-2 bedroom apartment.
What is the average electric bill for a studio apartment?
The average electric bill for a studio apartment for someone living alone is around $55 per month.
What is the average kWh usage for a studio apartment?
A 750sqft apartment will use about 750 kWh a month, so a studio apartment will be around that too.
How many kWh a day is normal?
For a 750sqft studio apartment, 25 kWh is normal.
Does it save electricity to unplug things?
Many modern appliances and electronics will take in electricity even when they are not in use, i.e., in ‘standby.’ In fact, electronics on standby are responsible for around 3-10% of the energy used within a home. Although this might seem like a relatively small amount of energy, when you have all the appliances in your home either on or in standby, this can add up considerably on your electric bill.
There is evidence to suggest that if you make the effort to actually unplug your appliances and electronics when they aren’t in use, it could save you anywhere between $100 to $200 every year, and you are less likely to fall victim to a power surge, so it’s definitely worth doing (or turning off at the wall).
Why is my electric bill so high?
There are several reasons why your electric bill might be particularly high, compared with previous months, or compared to the average bill.
If your monthly bill is abnormally high, this may be because:
- You will find a relatively big increase to your electric bill if you have somebody new join your household
- You’ve got a new energy-heavy appliance and you didn’t have one before, such as a dryer
- It’s been abnormally hot/cold and your heating and cooling systems have had to work overtime to keep your home comfortable.
If your electricity bill is higher than the averages listed here, consider:
- Are you on a good tariff? If you’re on the default tariff, you’re likely paying far more than you should be
- Your appliances and electronics in your home are too old. As you can imagine, like many things, electronics age over time so that they lose their efficiency and need more energy to function how they should. More often than not, out of date appliances simply were not made with the same efficient, energy-saving standards as they are now which means that they need to take in a lot more energy to do the same job as a new appliance, and often take a lot longer to do it.
- You live in an expensive city or state
- You live in a state that requires constant heating/cooling
Below is a list of average electric bill prices for a number of states, so you can get an idea.
Average Electricity Bills by State:
- Average electric bill in Florida 1 bedroom apartment: $131
- Average electric bill for 1 bedroom apartment in Texas: $132
- Average electric bill for 1 bedroom apartment in Maryland: $125
- Average electric bill for 2 bedroom apartment in Pennsylvania: $113
- Average electric bill in Georgia apartment: $132
Ways to save electricity in your apartment & benefit the environment
If you find that your electric bills are higher than they should be for an apartment of its size in your state, there are several ways in which you can work to save electricity in your apartment while benefiting the environment.
- A really easy way to save electricity is to get into the habit of turning lights off when you are not in a room and properly turning off or unplugging appliances and electronics when you are not using them. This may sound super simple, but you are likely to find that it can really save you money on electricity in the long run. If you have energy-saving bulbs (not LEDs), don’t bother if you’re going to be out of the room for less than 15 minutes.
- Invest in energy-efficient products such as energy-saving light bulbs and Energy Star appliances. They might be more expensive to buy than other options on the market, but they really will save you serious money on your electricity bills long term as they are so much more energy-efficient.
- If you are able, aim to only use appliances that eat up a lot of power (like your dryer) early in the morning or late at night, as energy costs at these times are cheaper.
- Maintain your appliances – blocked fans, for example, will force them to work harder.
- Try to keep the cooling and heating of your home to a minimum. This may mean only controlling temperatures of rooms you are actually using at any one time, so that all energy is focused on these areas instead of trying to heat or cool every room in your home. Less energy will be needed to keep you warm or cool in one or two rooms in your apartment.
- If you own your apartment and have the ability to do so, new windows may help. Try to learn how to make your windows more energy efficient as a great starting point.
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