2021’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States

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Get ready to crank up your air conditioner — and utility budget. July tends to be the hottest month of the year. In the U.S., energy costs eat 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 equate to savings. Where we live and how much energy we use are a big part of the equation. Although Americans will be stuck inside less this year compared to last year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, residential electricity use is actually projected to increase by 2.8% in 2021.

To better understand the impact of energy on our finances relative to our location and consumption habits, WalletHub compared the total monthly energy bills in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their analysis uses a special formula that accounts for the following residential energy types: electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil.

Source: WalletHub

Total Energy Costs by State

 
Overall Rank* StateTotal Energy Cost Monthly Electricity Cost (Rank) Monthly Natural-Gas Cost (Rank) Monthly Motor-Fuel Cost (Rank) Monthly Home Heating-Oil Cost (Rank) 
1Connecticut$411$166
(3)
$46
(11)
$124
(45)
$74
(4)
2Wyoming$403$115
(36)
$41
(17)
$246
(1)
$1
(27)
3Massachusetts$380$135
(25)
$63
(3)
$128
(42)
$54
(6)
4Georgia$374$155
(8)
$41
(18)
$179
(5)
$0
(45)
5Alabama$371$181
(1)
$21
(39)
$169
(12)
$0
(43)
6Maine$370$128
(29)
$7
(49)
$143
(28)
$92
(1)
7Alaska$366$145
(12)
$66
(2)
$123
(46)
$32
(7)
8Mississippi$358$159
(6)
$18
(46)
$181
(3)
$0
(50)
9Indiana$356$136
(24)
$40
(19)
$179
(4)
$1
(28)
10New Hampshire$355$142
(16)
$20
(43)
$112
(48)
$82
(2)
11Rhode Island$347$132
(27)
$62
(4)
$98
(50)
$56
(5)
12Missouri$346$137
(21)
$40
(20)
$169
(11)
$0
(38)
13West Virginia$343$143
(15)
$27
(31)
$169
(10)
$4
(15)
14Vermont$338$118
(33)
$17
(47)
$128
(41)
$74
(3)
15North Dakota$336$138
(19)
$24
(38)
$168
(13)
$5
(13)
16Oklahoma$336$137
(22)
$36
(25)
$163
(14)
$0
(44)
17South Carolina$335$176
(2)
$16
(48)
$142
(30)
$0
(31)
18Minnesota$328$111
(41)
$44
(14)
$170
(8)
$3
(19)
19Texas$326$157
(7)
$21
(41)
$148
(23)
$0
(48)
20Virginia$324$149
(9)
$27
(30)
$142
(29)
$5
(14)
21South Dakota$322$141
(17)
$26
(34)
$151
(21)
$3
(17)
22Nevada$322$117
(34)
$35
(26)
$170
(9)
$0
(32)
23Maryland$321$136
(23)
$39
(21)
$137
(37)
$9
(12)
24California$321$107
(44)
$38
(23)
$175
(6)
$0
(39)
25Kentucky$320$138
(20)
$25
(36)
$157
(17)
$0
(29)
26North Carolina$320$144
(14)
$18
(45)
$156
(18)
$2
(21)
27Hawaii$319$160
(4)
$5
(50)
$154
(20)
$0
(51)
28Arkansas$318$132
(26)
$27
(32)
$159
(15)
$0
(47)
29New Jersey$317$117
(35)
$60
(6)
$126
(43)
$15
(10)
30Tennessee$316$149
(10)
$21
(40)
$147
(24)
$0
(37)
31Michigan$315$112
(40)
$57
(7)
$145
(25)
$1
(23)
32Delaware$315$144
(13)
$32
(28)
$125
(44)
$13
(11)
33Kansas$314$128
(28)
$46
(10)
$140
(33)
$0
(41)
34Pennsylvania$313$124
(30)
$46
(12)
$121
(47)
$23
(9)
35Utah$311$86
(51)
$51
(8)
$174
(7)
$0
(33)
36New Mexico$310$92
(49)
$29
(29)
$189
(2)
$0
(42)
37Ohio$308$115
(37)
$50
(9)
$140
(32)
$3
(18)
38Montana$305$115
(38)
$33
(27)
$155
(19)
$2
(20)
39Florida$304$160
(5)
$4
(51)
$140
(31)
$0
(46)
40New York$303$102
(46)
$68
(1)
$105
(49)
$29
(8)
41Wisconsin$303$110
(42)
$41
(16)
$148
(22)
$4
(16)
42Nebraska$303$122
(31)
$36
(24)
$144
(26)
$0
(36)
43Iowa$301$119
(32)
$38
(22)
$143
(27)
$1
(25)
44Louisiana$301$145
(11)
$20
(42)
$136
(38)
$0
(40)
45Illinois$300$101
(47)
$61
(5)
$138
(35)
$0
(35)
46Idaho$298$114
(39)
$26
(33)
$157
(16)
$1
(24)
47Arizona$295$140
(18)
$18
(44)
$137
(36)
$0
(49)
48Oregon$275$110
(43)
$25
(37)
$140
(34)
$1
(26)
49Colorado$269$92
(50)
$43
(15)
$134
(39)
$0
(34)
50Washington$262$104
(45)
$26
(35)
$131
(40)
$2
(22)
51District of Columbia$217$97
(48)
$45
(13)
$75
(51)
$0
(30)

*No. 1 = Most Energy-Expensive

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