Energy Bill Estimator by Reliant Energy

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Why use an electricity bill estimator?

Bill Estimator by Reliant calculator

The Reliant Bill Estimator® calculates only your potential electricity bill, not other utilities like gas or water.

We use historical information on the provided address, calculate an estimated monthly electricity bill based on past usage, starting with a 10.9 cent per kWh price.

Enter the amount you pay per kWh — or the per kWh rate as listed on the site where you are shopping for electricity — and recalculate your estimated monthly costs.

Estimating your electric bill with the Reliant Bill Estimator®

Calculating your electric bill with the Reliant Bill Estimator® can help you make an informed decision about which plan fits your budget and how much you can expect to pay depending on the size and location of your home. Remember that factors like the weather, your own preferences on HVAC use and even landscaping can affect what you will actually pay. Nonetheless, this is a great place to start.

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Average electricity bill in Texas

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Your monthly electricity usage and subsequent costs will largely depend on the size of your home and the season. You’ll likely see a rise in your electricity bill during warmer and colder months because of increased air conditioner and heater use to maintain comfortable home temperatures. That said, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases average residential electricity usage and cost information every year. Based on their data from 20152, some of the average electricity figures for homes in Texas (including regulated and deregulated markets) are as follows:

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The average monthly residential electricity bill in Texas

The average monthly residential electricity bill in Texas is $136

The average residential electricity rate in Texas

The average residential electricity rate in Texas is 11.56¢/kWh

Residential electricity usage in Texas

Residential electricity usage in Texas averages 1,176 kWh per month

Remember that bills can vary widely by season. Our Reliant energy experts estimate that a summertime electricity bill for an average Houston, Texas, home of about 2,400 square feet could be around $288, whereas a bill during a month with less extreme temperatures could be as low as $72 The weather in Texas is unpredictable, and house sizes and general energy efficiency vary greatly. Keep that in mind when trying to predict what your future bills might be.

The figures above depict overall averages in Texas. This information, along with the Reliant Bill Estimator® should be used for informational purposes only. Your exact figures will vary depending on the area you live in, the size and age of your home, the age of your appliances, weather conditions and a variety of other factors. For a more in-depth list of factors that could affect your electricity usage, see below.

Top factors affecting electricity usage

  • Outside temperature
  • Thermostat temperature
  • Pool or spa
  • Age of heating/cooling system
  • Age of home
  • Age of roof
  • Home insulation
  • Age of major appliances (refrigerator, washer or dryer)
  • Gas or electric stove, dryer or water heater
  • High-energy appliances and devices, such as freezers, TVs, computers and gaming systems
  • Number of people in our home
  • Whet-energy appliances and devices, such as freezers, TVs, computers and gaming systems
Find ways to reduce your monthly electricity bill on the season

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Get information on how to reduce your usage

Get information on how to reduce your usage based on your specific living situation.

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1 Estimates are based on average consumption by comparable dwellings in the same area and are not exact predictors. Your electricity bills may vary. The Reliant Bill Estimator should be used for informational purposes only.

2 Electric Sales, Revenue, and Average Price. U.S. Energy Information Administration. Data for 2015. Release date: October 6, 2016. http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/

3 The data used for average energy usage for rented apartments and owned single-family homes came from the 2015 Detailed household site electricity end-use consumption report from EIA

4 The data for average cost per kWh came from the Average price of electricity to ultimate customers by end-use sector, updated in April 2019 from EIA.