The article states the Big Island rates are even higher at $261.73 a month. And their rates had gone down! I can see why Hattie's Web in Hilo would love her solar panels. We sure do on Oahu.
The Star Advertiser goes on to say: "The average per kilowatt hour nationwide was 11.02 cents in February, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Hawaii's average was 31.04 cents in February. The next highest was Connecticut at 17.63 cents."
We had central air in Illinois which we definitely had to use in summer. When we left Chicago in 2008, our average monthly bill was about $56.00 for electricity. Gas was about an average of $80.00 a month. We had gas heating and cooking. You know how cold it gets in the Midwest.
We moved to Hawaii and everything at this house is powered by electricity. Our bill averaged about $150 a month and this is with us almost never using the air conditioner and mostly CFLs for light bulbs. We don't have central air here. Mom only uses the air conditioner when she gets on the treadmill we got her. The ceiling fans are sufficient at other times.
With rising HECO rates, I'm even happier that we decided to get the solar panels because our cost now is about $20.00 a month. Now then.... I really do think we'll have to make a trip to Toys R Us to get a high powered water gun to keep those pigeons off our roof solar panels.
I guess this is the high cost of living in "Paradise."