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