How Much Are Utilities on Guam?
Utilities are notoriously expensive at many island destinations—especially when you’re talking about power. Let’s take a look at how Guam measures up.
Electricity Rates on Guam
Like many islands, Guam’s power plants run on imported petroleum products. This contributes significantly to the cost of electricity on the island. In fact, rates on Guam are usually around twice the U.S. average, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
As of May 2023, and including current fuel surcharges, electricity on Guam costs 41.6 cents/kWh.
Surprisingly, Guam isn’t the most expensive destination for power in the U.S. You’d think Guam’s power rates would be comparable with Hawaii, which consistently has the highest electricity costs in the nation. However, Hawaii charges higher rates than Guam. In February 2023, the average residential rate in Hawaii was 44.24 cents/kWh. Energy Costs: Guam vs. Hawaii
The cost of electricity on Guam has risen steadily over the last two years, largely due to global fuel costs. The Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans recorded a 24.7% increase in energy costs between the first quarters of 2022 and 2023.
Fuel costs are expected to come down in coming months, which will lower the cost for electricity as well. The Guam Power Authority is also making strides in terms of renewable energy sources, which could deliver some relief down the road.
The ultimate question, of course, comes down to usage. If you’re someone who runs the A/C all the time, year-round, you’ll likely see a pretty big bill each month in Guam.
Looking for an All-In Cost for Utilities on Guam?
According to the Guam Chamber of Commerce, basic utilities for two people in a 900-square-foot apartment will run about $350/month.
Next, let’s cover another basic necessity: groceries on Guam.
How Much Does Food Cost on Guam?
Since almost everything has to be imported, food costs are higher on Guam than in the continental U.S. (Just take a look at the cost of a gallon of milk below!)
However, we said “almost everything!” You will find fresh produce grown on Guam, and it can often be cheaper than what you’ll find in the grocery store.
If you’re moving from the mainland, some of the fruits and vegetables may not look familiar to you. If that’s the case, head to a farmer’s market and talk to the produce vendors. They’ll be happy to introduce you to some of the less-familiar produce that flourishes on Guam. Bitter melon, okra, Chinese cabbage, and jackfruit come to mind.
Popular Farmer’s Markets on Guam
- Wednesday Night Market at Chamorro Village
- Farmers Co-Op Market in Dededo
- Dededo Flea Market on Saturdays and Sundays
- Farm to Table Guam has also started a CSA Subscription Program
Even if you frequent farmer’s markets, you’ll still need to shop at our local grocery stores. Let’s do a quick run-down of the prices you’ll see, so you can compare them to the prices in your local grocery store.
Grocery Store Prices on Guam
(Source: Pay-Less Supermarket)
Finally, now that we’ve covered your basic needs, let’s take a look at the fun side of Guam.