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What are the most and least energy expensive states?

Source: WalletHub

With July tending to be the hottest month of the year, consumers are cranking up their air conditioners – and, a result, their utility budgets. In addition, Trump administration policies are causing gas prices to go up. Also, lurking in the background are proposals by Trump and his agencies to have the American taxpayers bail out coal and nuclear industries, under the guise of national security, by providing government assistance to those coal and nuclear power plants that are struggling to be profitable. If adopted, these changes would be costlier to consumers.

In the United States, energy costs are between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income, with the poorest Americans, or 25 million households, paying the highest of that range. And lower energy prices don’t necessarily lead to savings. Where consumers live and how much energy they use are a big part of the costs. For example, although electricity is cheaper in Southern Louisiana, its high summer heat raises costs for residents compared with the temperate climate in more energy-expensive coastal Northern California, where heating and cooling units stay idle most of the year.

To look at how Americans’ energy costs are linked to location and consumption habits, WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared the average monthly energy bills in the 50 states and the District of Columbia using a formula for the following residential energy types: electricity, natural gas, motor fuel, and home heating oil:

Most energy-expensive states


Least energy-expensive states


Wyoming – $372



Nebraska – $285


Connecticut – $366



New Mexico – $284


Georgia – $349



Arkansas – $282


Alabama – $341



Louisiana – $280


Mississippi – $340



Illinois – $279


Alaska – $338



Iowa – $277


Indiana – $337



Oregon – $277


West Virginia – $332



Washington – $253


Oklahoma – $331



Colorado – $252


North Dakota – $330



District of Columbia – $203

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, 9.34 cents per kWh, which is 2.9 times lower than in Hawaii, the highest at 27.47 cents 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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Energy prices have more than doubled in Australia, Rita and is certainly going to be an election issue. The problem is that renewables cost so much to set up and Australia does have many coal reserves - we export most of it! It is a hot (no pun intended) issue at the moment as many people can't afford to heat their homes in winter.

Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

When I was living in a house in Los Angeles the utility bill was almost like a mortgage payment. I guess California must be in the middle somewhere because we have mild weather for the most part. Interesting.



It's good energy costs are going to be an election issue in Australia. It's crazy that Australia has man coal reserves, which are mostly exported.



Hi Rebecca,

Yes, California is in the middle, 28th with an average of $303 per month.


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