Kitsap energy consumers and their neighbor counties just north and south of Seattle pay much less for electricity than elsewhere in the nation, but much more for natural gas.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday that Kitsap and neighbors paid 30 percent less for electricity, but 28 percent more for natural gas for the month of March.
A kilowatt-hour of electricity locally cost .089 cents, while elsewhere in the nation, it went for .127 cents.
For the past five years, local electricity prices have been consistently below national average, according to the BLM.
As for natural gas selling for much more locally, a therm averaged $1.253 in Kitsap and envions, compared to $0.978 nationally.
— Rachel Pritchett