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Report: Washington D.C. Has the Lowest Energy Costs in U.S.

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 11, 2018 8:30:45 AM

And citizens of coal-loving Wyoming, the only State with a true tax on wind energy, spend the most for energy.Solar Decathlon DC

WalletHub compared the average monthly energy bills in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia using a special formula that accounts for the following residential energy types: electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil.

Most Energy-Expensive States   Least Energy-Expensive States
1 Wyoming ($372)   42 Nebraska ($285)
2 Connecticut ($366)   43 New Mexico ($284)
3 Georgia ($349)   44 Arkansas ($282)
4 Alabama ($341)   45 Louisiana ($280)
5 Mississippi ($340)   46 Illinois ($279)
6 Alaska ($338)   47 Iowa ($277)
7 Indiana ($337)   48 Oregon ($277)
8 West Virginia ($332)   49 Washington ($253)
9 Oklahoma ($331)   50 Colorado ($252)
10 North Dakota ($330)   51 District of Columbia ($203)

Note: The dollar amount listed beside each state above reflects its average monthly energy bill.

Best vs. Worst
  • Hawaii has the lowest average monthly consumption of electricity per consumer, 481 kWh, which is 3.1 times lower than in Louisiana, the highest at 1,475 kWh.
  • Louisiana has the lowest average retail price for electricity, $0.0934 per kWh, which is 2.9 times lower than in Hawaii, the highest at $0.2747 per kWh.
  • North Dakota has the lowest average residential price for natural gas, $7.21 per 1,000 cubic feet, which is 5.1 times lower than in Hawaii, the highest at $36.48 per 1,000 cubic feet.
  • The District of Columbia has the lowest average monthly motor-fuel consumption per driver, 23.97 gallons, which is 3.1 times lower than in Wyoming, the highest at 75.30 gallons.
  • In Northeastern states, between 10 percent and 65 percent of households use heating oil to heat their homes, compared with less than 3 percent of households in the rest of the U.S.
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