Energy priced at $20 in 2010 $28.32 in 2022

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Prices for Energy, 2010-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for energy are 41.60% higher in 2022 versus 2010 (a $8.32 difference in value).

Between 2010 and 2022: Energy experienced an average inflation rate of 2.94% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, energy costing $20 in the year 2010 would cost $28.32 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.46% during this same period, inflation for energy was higher.

In the year 2010: Pricing changed by 9.45%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for energy during the 2010-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2010 (1.64%), inflation for energy was much higher.

Price Inflation for Energy since 1957

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (30.84%), 1974 (29.21%), and 2022 (25.80%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 2010

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Energy, over time, for $20 beginning in 2010. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2010$20.009.45%
2011$23.0315.15%
2012$23.240.93%
2013$23.08-0.68%
2014$22.99-0.42%
2015$19.14-16.72%
2016$17.90-6.48%
2017$19.348.02%
2018$20.777.42%
2019$20.33-2.12%
2020$18.64-8.36%
2021$22.5120.81%
2022$28.3225.80%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Energy:

Year195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI21.47521.51721.87522.44222.49222.58322.63322.53322.95023.30823.83324.19224.84225.50026.51727.25029.44238.04242.07545.12549.40052.54265.77586.05897.70099.15899.867100.858101.55088.24288.55889.21794.308102.033102.475103.008104.208104.650105.233110.133111.533102.875106.625124.583129.158121.683136.692151.458177.100196.633207.765236.190193.410211.682243.744245.999244.328243.307202.632189.500204.696219.879215.225197.238238.279299.744

Adjust energy prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2010 * 2010 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Energy was 211.682 in the year 2010 and 299.744 in 2022:

299.744 / 211.682 * $20 = $28.32

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2010 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.32 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Energy).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Energy in 1957. In addition to energy, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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