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The Most and Least Energy-Efficient States

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Energy is expensive. In fact, it’s one of the biggest household expenses for American consumers. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities, with heating and cooling of spaces alone accounting for more than half the bill. In 2016, the average consumer spent another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil, though that figure represents a decline in recent years. The Energy Department estimates that adopting energy-efficient measures in the home could reduce a family’s utility costs by as much as 25 percent, proving that it pays to conserve, especially during a time of increasingly warmer temperatures. As for transportation, the agency found that a more fuel-efficient vehicle could save the average driver about $625 per year. In order to gauge the impact of doing more with less energy, WalletHub measured the efficiency of auto- and home-energy consumption in 48 U.S. states. Due to data limitations, Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from the analysis.

Most Energy-Efficient States

1. New York
2. Vermont
3. Utah
4. Minnesota
5. Massachusetts
6. Rhode Island
7. California
8. Wisconsin
9. Colorado
10. Connecticut

Least Energy-Efficient States

39. North Dakota
40. Kentucky
41. Georgia
42. Arkansas
43. West Virginia
44. Mississippi
45. Tennessee
46. Alabama
47. Louisiana
48. South Carolina

This article was written by chris@canyonmedia.net