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For Release: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
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Average Energy Prices, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria – February 2022
Gasoline prices averaged $3.588 per gallon in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area in February 2022,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that
area gasoline prices increased 44.6 percent from last February when they averaged $2.482 per gallon.
Washington area households paid an average of 13.6 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in February
2022, 7.9 percent higher than the 12.6 cents in February 2021. The average price of utility (piped) gas at
$1.509 per therm in February 2022 was up 24.5 percent from $1.212 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this
release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.588 per gallon, Washington area consumers paid 2.4 percent less than the national average of $3.675 for
a gallon of gasoline in February 2022. From 2018 to 2021, prices for a gallon of gasoline in Washington were
close to the U.S. average in February, differing by 3.0 percent or less. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
The 13.6 cents per kWh that Washington households paid for electricity in February 2022 was 8.1 percent
below the nationwide average of 14.8 cents. Last February, the price per kWh for electricity in Washington
was 8.0 percent below the national average. From 2018 to 2020, electricity prices for the Washington area
ranged from 4.5 to 7.4 percent below those for the nation in February. (See chart 2.)
The price paid by Washington area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was
$1.509 per therm in February 2022, 6.8 percent above the national average of $1.413 per therm. Last February,
the price for utility (piped