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How to Estimate Your Electricity Bill by Square Footage

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If you’re interested in learning more about the average electric bill by square foot, you’re probably looking for a new electricity plan. You’ve probably got a couple of browser tabs open and are trying to figure out the real costs of certain plans so that you can compare them all manually. 

Manually shopping for electricity in the deregulated market of Texas is the fastest way to headaches and confusion. By the time you’ve delved into the industry terminology and marketing schemes, you won’t know what you’re looking for, and then you’ll be tempted to just settle for whatever plan happens to be there. 

But, with Power Wizard, it never has to happen again. Let us do the heavy lifting of finding the best electricity plan for your household’s needs. What’s more, we’ll manage the entire process, ensuring that you are automatically enrolled in the ideal plan at the end of your contract. 

Power Wizard will help you find the best Texas electricity plan for you and manage the enrollment process to ensure you get savings without the hassle.

How do I determine how much I can save on electricity?

Power Wizard offers a hassle-free savings calculator that helps you discover how much you are overpaying for electricity.

Our smart technology searches and compares hundreds of electricity plans in seconds to find the one that best suits you. And our free savings calculator estimates how much you can save based on your location, square footage, usage, and rate.

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Learn the average electric bill in Texas before you relocate or move.

The average electric bill in Texas is higher than in other states. One of the main culprits is the sweltering summer heat that forces Texans to crank up the A/C.

Additionally, Texas has one of the highest relocation rates in the U.S. If you’re planning to buy a home in the Lone Star state, it’s essential to keep the cost of your electric bills down.

Let Power Wizard help you analyze what your average electric bill can look like once you’ve moved. If you’re already a homeowner in Texas, you too might be overpaying for electricity. With Power Wizard, you can learn what you should be paying for electricity and find the best plan in Texas based on the size of your home.

Scroll down to learn more about the importance of estimating your electric bill and review the average electric bill by square footage in Texas. And you can also find out the average electric bill in Texas’ largest cities utilizing a chart of average square footage.

Why it’s important to estimate your electric bill in Texas.

There are several reasons why you may want to estimate your electricity bill in Texas.

Maybe you are…

  • Moving to a larger home or new city in Texas
  • Living on a fixed income and need to budget accordingly
  • Wondering if you’re paying more than you should be
  • Relocating to Texas from another state

Whatever your reason, it is possible to estimate your monthly electric bill in Texas using the square footage of your home.

This guide has been designed to:

  • Provide estimates for electric bills in Texas by the square foot
  • Help you calculate an estimated electric bill for your home
  • Discuss factors that can impact your monthly bill
  • Review energy consumption in Texas and variables that affect consumption
  • Show you how to choose an electricity provider and plan that works for your square footage

Average Electric Bill by Square Foot in Texas

One of the biggest determining factors in how much energy your family will use is the size of your home.

Unless your home uses solar panels (or some other form of ‘green’ energy) to power your lights and appliances, it is generally accepted that the larger your home is, the higher your electric bill will be.

There are over 100 Retail Electric Providers operating in Texas. Each provider offers multiple types of electricity plans and accompanying rates.

This can make it difficult to predict the dollar amount of the average electric bill in Texas.

Using the average square footage of homes in each of Texas’ six largest cities, and the average energy consumption of consumers in those cities, we can ESTIMATE average electric bills in Texas by square foot:

Average Electric Bills in Texas

Sq Footage Texas (overall) Houston Dallas Fort Worth Austin El Paso San Antonio
500 $36.59 $34.07 $55.67 $46.30 $25.24 $23.21 $24.81
1000 $73.17 $68.14 $111.33 $92.60 $50.48 $46.43 $49.62
1500 $109.76 $102.20 $167.00 $138.90 $75.73 $69.64 $74.43
1800 $131.71 $122.65 $200.40 $166.68 $90.87 $83.57 $89.32
2000 $146.35 $136.27 $222.66 $185.20 $100.97 $92.86 $99.24
2300 $168.30 $156.71 $256.06 $212.99 $116.11 $106.79 $114.13
2500 $182.93 $170.34 $278.33 $231.51 $126.21 $116.07 $124.05
3000 $219.52 $204.41 $334.00 $277.81 $151.45 $139.29 $148.86
3500 $256.11 $238.48 $389.66 $324.11 $176.69 $162.50 $173.67
4000 $292.69 $272.55 $445.33 $370.41 $201.93 $185.72 $198.48


*These projected electricity bills are ESTIMATED using the average square footage and energy consumption of homes in Texas overall and in various Texas cities.

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The Million-Dollar Question: How Much Will My Electric Bill Be in Texas?

Father and son gaming. Average electric bill by square footage.

Based on the table above, you can get a general idea of how much your electricity bill might be in Texas.

What if you live in a city that is not included in the table?

Let’s use the Reed Family as an example.

The Reeds are contemplating buying a 2,400 square foot house in Wichita Falls, TX. They currently live in a 1,100 square foot home and are concerned about a possible jump in their monthly electric bill in a significantly larger home.

In order to estimate their monthly electric bill, they need to find three key pieces of information:

  • Average square footage of homes in Wichita Falls
  • Average electricity rate in Wichita Falls
  • The average energy use of households in Wichita Falls

All of this information can typically be found with a few Google searches.

Let’s say that Mrs. Reed has been able to determine the following (these are fictional numbers for the sake of our story):

  • Avg sq ft = 1,875
  • Avg energy consumption = 950 kWh per month
  • Avg electricity rate = .1044/kWh

Mrs. Reed can use the following formula to determine price per square foot for electricity in Wichita Falls:

(avg. consumption x avg. rate) / avg sq ft = price per square foot

(950 x .1044) / 1875 = .053

Now, Mrs. Reed can use her calculated price per square foot to ESTIMATE a monthly electric bill for her 2,400sq ft home:

.053 x 2400 = $126.95

It is important to remember that these calculations can only be used as estimates, and there are factors in addition to your rate/kWh that can affect your electric bill. We’ll review these later.

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A Brief Review of Average Electric Bills by Square Foot in Texas

The following average monthly electric bills by square footage in Texas are ESTIMATES based on:

  1. An average Texas home size of 1800sq ft
  2. An average Texas electricity rate of 11.2¢ per kWh
  3. An average Texas household’s electricity consumption of 1176 kWh per month

Average Electric Bill: 500 Sq Ft Home in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 500sq ft home in Texas is $36.59.

Average Electric Bill: 1000 Square Foot Home in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 1000sq ft home in Texas is $73.17.

Average Electric Bill: 1500 Square Foot Home in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 1500sq ft home in Texas is $109.76.

Happy couple. Average electric bill by square footage

Average Electric Bill for 1800 Sq Ft Home in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 1800sq ft home in Texas is $131.71.

Average Electric Bill: 2000 Square Foot House in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 2000sq ft home in Texas is $146.35.

Average Electric Bill for 2300 Sq Ft Home in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 2300sq ft home in Texas is $168.30

Average Electric Bill for 2500 Sq Ft House in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 2500sq ft home in Texas is $182.93.

Average Electric Bill: 3000 Sq Ft House in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 3000sq ft home in Texas is $219.52.

Average Electric Bill: 3500 Square Foot House Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 3500sq ft home in Texas is $256.11.

Average Electric Bill 4000: Square Foot House in Texas

The average monthly electric bill for a 4000sq ft home in Texas is $292.69.

Additional Factors That Might Affect Your Electric Bill

The square footage of your home and the rate you pay per kWh are not the only factors that will affect your monthly electric bill.

To get a true picture of what your Texas electric bill might look like, you’ll also need to research:

  • Fees charged by the retail electric provider you choose
  • Your location
  • Available plan types in your area

Using your square footage is a simple part of the process of estimating a future electric bill.
But researching these other factors? That will take a lot more time, patience, and caffeine.

It can be hard to determine what plans will be best suited for your unique electricity needs – Power Wizard makes it easy.

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Fees Charged by Your Electric Provider

The fees your Retail Electric Provider adds to your monthly bill can have a significant impact on your annual energy costs.

There are several approved fees you might see on your bill, and it is important to ask your provider about them before committing to a plan.

Here are just a few examples of additional fees:

  • Fixed charge (also known as a base charge)
  • Minimum usage fee
  • Discretionary service charges
  • Surcharges
  • Delivery charges
  • Connection fees
  • Energy efficiency cost recovery fees

Your Location

Where you live in Texas will play a huge role in your monthly electric bill.

  1. Deregulated area (85% of the state) vs. regulated area. There’s no strict answer as to which is more expensive b. In deregulated areas: you play a role in choosing your rate and plan – which will directly affect your bill
  2. Urban areas vs. small towns
    a. Demand for electricity in urban areas can increase the market price of electricity

Your Plan Type

What kind of electricity plan do you have?

If you live in a deregulated area of Texas, you likely have several options – all of which affect the rate you pay per kWh

Here is a brief overview of a few electricity plan types:

1. Fixed-rate Plan

a. The rate you agree to at the start of your contract remains the same for the entire length of your contract

2. Variable-rate Plan

a. Your rate can fluctuate monthly based on the market rate of electricity in your area

  • Save when the market is low but pay more when market rates are high

3. Prepaid Plan

a. Purchase your electricity in advance

Monitor your usage ‘bank’ and purchase more electricity as your ‘bank’ depletes

b. Rates can be fixed or variable

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Average Electricity Usage in Texas by Square Foot

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, “The average U.S. household consumes about 11,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) [of electricity] per year.”

How does Texas compare to the rest of the U.S.?

Using the average square footage of homes in each of Texas’ largest cities and the average energy consumption of consumers in those cities, we can ESTIMATE the projected monthly electricity usage for homes of all sizes in Texas:

Average Energy Usage in Texas – kWh per month

Sq Footage Texas (overall) Houston Dallas Fort Worth Austin El Paso San Antonio
500 327 310 507 422 242 209 269
1000 653 621 1014 843 484 418 537
1500 980 931 1521 1265 725 627 806
1800 1176 1117 1825 1518 870 752 967
2000 1307 1241 2028 1687 967 836 1074
2300 1503 1427 2332 1940 1112 961 1235
2500 1633 1551 2535 2108 1209 1045 1343
3000 1960 1862 3042 2530 1451 1254 1611
3500 2287 2172 3549 2952 1692 1463 1880
4000 2613 2482 4056 3373 1934 1672 2148

These numbers are only estimates, and accuracy is not guaranteed. But they can be used to help approximate your monthly electric bill while you’re comparing available electricity plans in your area.

The size of your home is not the only element that affects energy usage in your household. Let’s look at a few other components.

Every Household is Unique

Every home, family, and lifestyle is unique. The variables that can affect energy usage are innumerable.

In addition to appliance use and lighting in your home, a few of the largest variables are:

  • Energy sources in your home
  • Number of occupants in your home
  • Age of your home
  • Design of your home

We’ll briefly discuss how each of these factors can affect your energy usage and in turn, your monthly bill.

Energy Source(s)

Many homes in Texas use both electricity and natural gas. The energy source required to power your most ‘energy-hungry ’ appliances will be a big player in your energy usage.

For example, let’s say you and your neighbor both live in 2,000sq ft homes. Your furnace and clothes dryer is powered by natural gas, while your neighbor’s are electric.

Your appliance-based electricity usage will likely be lower than your neighbor’s, which will be reflected on your monthly bill.

So, even though you live in the same neighborhood, in similar homes, your electricity bills will be different.

Number of Occupants

The number of occupants in your home and how they spend their time is a major contributor to electricity usage.

Think about everything you and your family do in your home that consumes electricity:

  • Watching T.V. and movies
  • Playing video games
  • Working on a computer
  • Charging devices
  • Doing laundry
  • Cooking

The more people who live in your home, the more laundry there is. More devices to charge, etc.

Age of Your Home

How does the age of a home affect energy usage?

An older home may have inadequate or deteriorated insulation – requiring HVAC systems to work harder to keep the home warm or cool.

Newer homes may have energy-efficient appliances – which consume less energy, and fully-sealed windows – which help maintain the set temperature in your home.

Home Design

The design of your home matters too:

  1. Multi-story homes may be hotter upstairs and require your A.C. to run for an extended time.
  2. Multi-story homes might have dual-zone systems that isolate spaces, allowing your HVAC system to use less energy.
  3. Homes with deep crawl spaces might lead to drafty living spaces.

The list can go on and on.

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Are You Paying Too Much? Are You Asking “How Much Should My Electric Bill Be?”

Light bulb. Average electric bill by square footage.

The electricity market in Texas is hard to follow and even harder to understand.

Electric bills can be very high.

Retail Electric Providers are plentiful – as are their multitude of plan choices. It can be very difficult to know if you’re in the best plan for your unique needs.

Deciding to research your options can be a difficult decision to make because you KNOW how much work it’s going to be.

How to Find an Electric Plan that Works for Your Square Footage

It is possible to find an electricity plan that works for your square footage and other specific usage needs.

You can do it on your own. We won’t tell you that going this route is easy. Or quick. Because…it’s just not.

You can also let Power Wizard help.

Let’s review both options in detail.

Method 1: Manually Research REPs in Your Area

If you decide to tackle this project on your own, you’ll first need to spend hours, or even days, researching all the REPs in your area.

You can do this while hunched over your laptop or tablet. Or you can make never-ending phone calls.

Either way, you’ll need to be thorough. Find out:

  • What types of plans each REP offers
  • What the rates are for each of those plans
  • What fees will be added to your monthly bill
  • What the contract length will be
  • What promotional incentives are offered

Don’t skip a company. Research every single one. You never know what you might miss if you decide to cut your research short.

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Compile Your Findings

Design a comprehensive spreadsheet to compile all the REP information you gather during your research phase.

All the columns. All the rows. The headers. The formulas. It will be a thing of beauty when you’re done…if you ever finish.

Spend Days or Weeks Comparing Plans and Rates to Your Specific Needs

What are your specific electricity usage needs? Do you:

  1. Watch a lot of T.V.?
  2. Spend time gaming?
  3. Wash 13 loads of laundry every week?
  4. Spend your weekends away from home?
  5. Work from a home office?
  6. Sleep during the day because you work the night shift?

You’ll need to take all sorts of factors into consideration when comparing your needs to that spreadsheet of details you meticulously created.

This might take days. Or weeks. Are you up for it? How are your math skills? An algorithm might help.

Luckily for you, an algorithm already exists.

Method 2: Use Power Wizard’s Free Savings Estimate Tool

Instead of spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to objectively choose a plan best suited for your household, why not spend five minutes with Power Wizard’s Savings Estimate Tool?

Enter a few key pieces of information and let Power Wizard technology do all the work for you.

How Can Power Wizard Help You Get the Most out of Your Square Footage?

Power Wizard looks at ALL the factors that affect your electric bill in Texas. They help you find the electricity plan that will work for you today.

But they don’t stop there.

Your usage and the market will be monitored continually. If Power Wizard finds a new plan that will save you money, they’ll let you know.

Take a closer look at how Power Wizard’s process works and move past the frustration and uncertainty that comes with finding the perfect electricity plan.

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