Do you live in an energy efficient state? (infographic)

Do you live in an energy efficient state? (infographic)

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Energy is expensive. After purchasing a home, it's one of the biggest ongoing household expenses – the average American consumer spends nearly $2,000 a year on energy bills. About half of that pays just for heating and cooling.

Overall, an estimated $520 billion investment for energy measures could save America's economy more than $1.2 trillion and reduce greenhouse emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually.

To help people understand the impact of energy on their wallets and encourage Americans to conserve more, WalletHub measured the efficiency of car- and home-energy consumption in 48 U.S. states. Due to data limitations, Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from our analysis.

To identify the most energy-efficient states, WalletHub analyzed data for 48 states based on two key dimensions, including “home-energy efficiency” and “car-energy efficiency.”

According to WalletHub's study, New York was the overall most efficient state, with Vermont, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Utah also ranking highly.

It turns that home energy consumption in Louisiana is twice as high as in Utah. And in North Dakota, car energy consumption is half as efficient as in Florida. South Carolina ranked as the least energy-efficient state. Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky and Arkansas rounded out the bottom of the list.

Source: WalletHub
 

Overall Rank

State

Total Score

‘Home-Energy Efficiency’ Rank

‘Car-Energy Efficiency’ Rank

1New York93.3644
2Vermont89.7157
3Minnesota86.63215
4Wisconsin85.0678
5Utah84.91126
6Rhode Island78.901110
7Colorado77.07822
8California76.91215
9Connecticut72.752011
10Nevada71.421620
11Massachusetts71.061521
12New Hampshire70.81636
13New Mexico70.271824
14Maine69.77342
15Michigan69.261925
16Illinois67.232228
17Idaho66.081733
18Delaware65.76316
19Arizona64.662712
20Montana63.31939
21Indiana61.56339
22Ohio61.342818
23Florida60.18371
24Oregon59.292631
25North Carolina58.57392
26Washington58.052930
27Kansas57.373029
28New Jersey55.872338
29Maryland55.133227
30South Dakota52.621245
31Pennsylvania51.852440
32Missouri51.223423
33Iowa50.691446
34Nebraska50.482541
35Alabama48.10463
36Wyoming47.341047
37Oklahoma46.183819
38Mississippi44.184214
39Virginia43.213634
40Georgia42.444513
41West Virginia42.134316
42North Dakota41.641348
43Tennessee40.794417
44Arkansas38.294132
45Kentucky36.444035
46Texas32.433544
47Louisiana23.574837
48South Carolina14.674743
N/A*Alaska   
N/A*Hawaii   

*Due to data limitations, Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from our analysis.

Source: WalletHub

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