Electricity is the thing we all need but don’t think about--unless it’s gone or extremely expensive.
Why it matters: While the type of fuel powering America’s electricity has shifted rapidly in the last decade, what matters most to many people is what they pay for their electricity. Unlike the gasoline prices on constant big display, our electricity bills are usually buried in the mail or our email inboxes — or simply set to auto-pay.
Driving the news: What we pay can vary wildly based on where we live, the weather, government involvement in electricity markets, and, of course, how much electricity we use. This infographic shows average electricity bill since 2002 for three states — and a drop down menu to see any state.