Did you know that different states charge different $$ rates for electricity? The graphs in this blog will let you easily compare your rate to the rates in other states ...
Did you have a portable radio (aka "boombox") back in the 1980s? Do you remember how much it cost to buy batteries for it? Here's a picture of my latest vintage boombox (given to me by my good friend Reggie). It consumes quite a bit of power, and uses 10 D-cell batteries (can you guess exactly what make & model it is? - leave your guess in a comment!)
Of course, rather than buying batteries, it's a lot cheaper to plug it into a wall outlet. Even then, electricity isn't free. But just how much does your electricity cost, and are other people getting a 'better deal' than you?
I found a table on the Web that lists how much the utility companies in each state charge for a kilowatthour of power. It was interesting to see that there was quite a difference from state to state. Here's a screen-capture of part of the table:
It's great to have a table of the data! And a table is fine if you just want to look up one or two values. But it sure is difficult to see the 'big picture' in a table, and compare the values of all the states. So, of course, I imported the data into SAS, and created some graphs!
First a map, and then a bar chart (sorted from highest to lowest cost). You can click on the images below to see all my electric rate maps and graphs, with html hover-text to easily see the exact values:
How well did your state do? Do you have any theories as to why electricity costs vary by state? Leave a comment with your thoughts!