Global Electricity Prices

The price of electricity varies enormously around the world. In some cases the cost of electricity price is high due to additional delivery fees or taxes in certain countries. Some countries are able to lower electricity costs for their citizens by subsidizing, meaning the government pays a portion of the energy price. Here is a sample size of countries around the world and the cost per kWh people pay globally assembled from various sources.

Country/TerritoryUS cents/kWhAs of
Argentina5.752006
Australia22-46.562012
Belgium29.082011
Bhutan1.88-4.402012
Bulgaria16.332012
Brazil34.22011
Canada6.3-11.82012
China7.5-10.72012
Chile23.112011
Croatia17.552008
Denmark40.382011
Dubai7.622011
Finland20.652011
France19.392011
Germany31.412012
Guyana26.82012
Hungary23.442011
Hong Kong12.02-24.002013
India8-122013
Indonesia8.752013
Iceland9-102012
Iran2-192011
Ireland28.362011
Israel152012
Italy28.392011
Jamaica7.35-16.802011
Japan20-242009
Kuwait11966
Latvia18.252012
Malaysia7.09-14.762013
Mexico19.282012
Moldova11.112011
Netherlands28.892011
New Zealand19.152012
Pakistan2.00-15.072012
Papua New Guinea292013
Paraguay82011
Peru10.442007
Philippines30.462010
Portugal25.252011
Russia1.7-9.582012
Serbia3.93-13.482013
Singapore21.532013
Spain22.732012
Solomon Islands84.82013
South Africa8-162012
Sweden27.12011
Taiwan7-172012
Thailand4.46-9.792011
Tonga57.952011
Turkey13.12011
United Kingdom202012
Ukraine3.05-3.952011
Uruguay14.47-22.892011
United States8-172012
USA Virgin Islands50.8-54.82013
USA Hawaii372012
Uzbekistan4.952011
Vanuatu582013
Vietnam6.20-10.012011
Jordan5-332012

Smaller countries often pay considerably more for energy due to the lack of space, natural resources or technologies required to produce cheap electricity. Geographic position is also very important, island states usually pay a higher price for energy.

If electricity is privatized in your country, shop around and see which company offers the best price. It sometimes makes sense to switch to the state provider, private companies may offer lower or locked in kWh prices but often have many additional fees which can cost significantly more.

If you are unable to reduce how much you pay for electricity in your country, the only other ways to reduce your utility bill is by considering alternative energy sources or by lowering your electricity consumption.

Alternative energy sources such as solar power or wind power might be a choice depending on where you live. But before you jump into installing a wind turbine or solar panels, you should research the initial costs required in switching to alternative energy. Some governments provide incentives or special tax breaks for people who decide to get their power from more environmentally friendly sources. The initial cost to completely switch over may still be expensive for most, and the amount of power that alternative sources will generate may not be enough.

Lowering your electricity consumption is something that anyone can do without affecting their lifestyle significantly. Simply purchasing products which offer lower energy consumption can save you money in the long run. Turning off unused appliances or simply changing your habits can save you a considerable amount of money as well. The first step to finding out how much energy is costing you is by calculating how much you are paying for each device you use. Take a look at our electricity usage calculators and get a general idea of what you are paying for each of your appliances.

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