September 15, 2016

Energy Costs Across the Country: The Highs, The Lows

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In the U.S., utility and gasoline costs consume between 5 and 22% of families' total after–tax income, with the national average at 7%, according to WalletHub's 2016 Report. As expected, monthly energy costs can vary wildly from state–to–state, with some states seeing nearly double the cost as others – due in large part to local climates.

It's important to note that areas with lower energy prices don't always enjoy lower costs; it's the consumption of the energy that primarily drives the cost. For example, "In areas such as Southern Louisiana, with scorching summer weather but cheap electricity, households still end up with higher out–of–pocket costs than those in energy–expensive Northern California, where the temperate climate keeps heating and cooling units idle most of the year," according to WalletHub.

So, who spends the most and who spends the least?

StateAverage Monthly Energy Cost
Highest Energy Costs
Connecticut $404
Massachusetts $346
Rhode Island $338
Vermont $332
Georgia $328
North Dakota $328
Maine $327
New Hampshire $325
Indiana $325
Mississippi $323
Lowest Energy Costs
Iowa $270
Montana $265
Idaho $262
California $251
New Mexico $249
Arizona $247
Oregon $238
Colorado $235
District of Columbia $219
Washington $218

Other interesting facts from this report:

Electricity Costs

  • Washington has the lowest electricity price, with Hawaii having the highest
  • Hawaii consumes the least amount of electricity (per consumer), while North Dakota consumes the most

Natural Gas Costs

  • Idaho has the lowest natural–gas price, with Hawaii having the highest
  • Hawaii consumes the least amount of natural gas (per consumer), while Illinois consumes the most

Follow this series to learn more about energy efficiency and ways you can improve your monthly energy costs while working to save our natural resources.

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