In the news …

Work slowed last month on building facilities for solar-panel maker SolarCity, with hundreds of layoffs because the state [Buffalo, NY] couldn’t pay the contractors’ bills of some $82 million.

Residential US electric bill

According to a recent release from the U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average residential monthly electric bill was $110.21 in 2013. The most expensive utility bill for homeowners is the electric bill, accounting for approximately 9% of expenditure on housing according to NAHB tabulations of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on consumer expenditures.