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Energy Costs: The Most and Least Expensive States for Energy

Energy Costs: The Most and Least Expensive States for Energy

Is your state paying a lot for energy?

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Summer heat coupled with people staying home because of coronavirus had the potential to send energy costs soaring. Depending on where they live, Americans trying to beat the heat might be feeling the burn in their wallets. But not all states are equally expensive. These are the most and least expensive states for energy.

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To understand the impact of energy on finances, WalletHub compared the total monthly energy bills in each state and Washington, D.C. The rankings accounted for electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil.

#51 Washington, DC

#51 Washington, DC

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Considered one of the safest cities in the world, Washington, D.C. has the lowest monthly total energy cost at $199 and the lowest monthly motor-fuel cost at $49.

#50 Washington

#50 Washington

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Washington is one of the best states in America to raise a family. When it comes to monthly electricity costs, it ranks 47th at $103. Washington’s total monthly energy cost of $219 ranks it 50th overall.

#49 Colorado

#49 Colorado

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Colorado is ranked 50th when it comes to monthly electricity cost and has an overall ranking of 49, with a total monthly energy cost of $220. That’s pretty low for a state that is home to some of the coldest cities in the world.

#48 Oregon

#48 Oregon

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This state is known for paying its nurses well, but it doesn’t cost a lot when it comes to energy costs. Oregon scored an overall rank of No. 48 with a total monthly energy cost of $236. It ranks 38th in America in terms of natural gas spending at $24 per month.

#47 New Mexico

#47 New Mexico

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In New Mexico, the monthly electricity cost ranks 49th in the country at $93. The total monthly energy cost of $238 brings New Mexico in at No. 47 overall.

#46 Montana

#46 Montana

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The people of Montana enjoy some of the most underrated tourist spots in the world. But they also get to enjoy low energy costs with a total monthly energy cost of $242.

#45 Idaho

#45 Idaho

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Idaho has an overall ranking of 45th in America with a total monthly energy cost of $247.

#44 Louisiana

#44 Louisiana

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Louisiana’s total monthly energy cost is $248, placing it 44th overall.

#43 Florida

#43 Florida

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In Florida, there are many interesting things to do and places to visit. But another draw is the low cost of energy. Florida has the lowest monthly natural gas cost in America at only $4 and the total monthly energy cost is $252, placing it at No. 43 overall.

#42 Nebraska

#42 Nebraska

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Nebraska has an overall ranking of 42nd in America with a total monthly energy cost of $253.

#41 Wisconsin

#41 Wisconsin

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In Wisconsin, residents have one of the lowest monthly electricity costs at $112. The overall costs are also low at $253.

#40 Arizona

#40 Arizona

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Home to some of the best cities for jobs, Arizona has some of the lowest monthly costs for natural gas and home heating oil at $18 and $0, respectively. The state’s total monthly energy cost is $254, landing it at 40th overall.

#39 Iowa

#39 Iowa

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Iowa is ranked 39th in America when it comes to its total monthly energy costs at $255.

#38 Illinois

#38 Illinois

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Residents of Illinois pay a lot for natural gas (fifth-most in the country) but little for electricity (46th-most), giving it an overall ranking of 38th with a total monthly energy cost of $257.

#37 Utah

#37 Utah

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Known for being one of the happiest states in America, Utah has the lowest monthly electricity cost in the country and an overall ranking of 37 with a total monthly energy cost of $259. 

#36 Arkansas

#36 Arkansas

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Arkansas is ranked 36th overall when it comes to total monthly energy costs. Residents spend an average of $260 a month.

#35 Tennessee

#35 Tennessee

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The Southern state of Tennessee is ranked 40th when it comes to monthly natural gas costs at $23 and 35th overall with a total monthly energy cost of $262.

#34 North Carolina

#34 North Carolina

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In North Carolina, the monthly natural gas cost is low at only $19, which ranks 45th. But higher electricity costs bump the state’s overall ranking to No. 34 with a total monthly energy cost of $264.

#33 Texas

#33 Texas

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Everything is bigger in Texas, except for the energy costs. The state ranked 41st in terms of monthly natural gas cost, helping it earn a better-than-average total monthly energy cost of $265.

#32 California

#32 California

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There are many interesting things to do and places to visit in California, but driving around the state isn’t cheap. Residents spend an average of $124 per month on motor fuel, the second-highest number in the nation. Overall, the state ranks 32nd in America with a total monthly energy cost of $265.

#31 South Dakota

#31 South Dakota

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South Dakota’s total monthly energy cost ranks 31st in America at $267.

#30 Michigan

#30 Michigan

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Michigan is considered one of the best states to retire in, perhaps thanks in part to its better-than-average total monthly energy costs of $267.

#29 Kentucky

#29 Kentucky

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Kentucky has a monthly natural gas cost of $26, which ranks 35th in the country. The total monthly energy cost is $267.

#28 Virginia

#28 Virginia

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Home to many historic landmarks, Virginia has a monthly motor fuel cost of only $84, which ranks 41st in America. In total, Virginia spends $268 on energy-related expenses each month.

#27 Ohio

#27 Ohio

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In Ohio, Buckeyes have a total monthly energy cost of $268, placing it at No. 27 in America.

#26 Nevada

#26 Nevada

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Nevada has a total monthly energy cost of $270.

#25 New Jersey

#25 New Jersey

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Although New Jersey has a monthly motor fuel cost that ranks 42nd at $82, the state ranks in the top 25 for total monthly energy cost at $274.

#24 South Carolina

#24 South Carolina

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In South Carolina, the monthly natural gas cost and the monthly motor fuel cost both rank in the 40s. But the total monthly electricity cost is second in the country at $174. This brings the total monthly energy cost to $275, 24th-highest in the country.

#23 Kansas

#23 Kansas

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Kansas’ total monthly energy cost of $275 is inflated by its high cost of natural gas, which ranks ninth in the nation.

#22 North Dakota

#22 North Dakota

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North Dakota’s higher-than-average total monthly energy cost of $275 is enlarged by high motor fuel costs ($107 per month).

#21 Oklahoma

#21 Oklahoma

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Residents of Oklahoma spend $276 per month on energy, ranking the state 21st in America.

#20 Delaware

#20 Delaware

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In Delaware, the monthly home heating oil cost ranks 11th at $13. The monthly total energy cost is $278, which ranks 20th.

#19 Minnesota

#19 Minnesota

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Minnesota’s monthly motor fuel cost ranks eighth in the country at $112, inflating its total monthly energy cost to $278.

#18 New York

#18 New York

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In the Empire State, the monthly natural gas cost is the highest in the country at $68. The monthly total energy cost is $282, which ranks 18th in America.

#17 Maryland

#17 Maryland

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In Maryland, the monthly total energy cost is 17th in the United States at $284.

#16 Mississippi

#16 Mississippi

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Mississippi’s monthly electricity cost is fourth-highest in the country at $162. This helps bring Mississippi’s total monthly energy costs to $285.

#15 Hawaii

#15 Hawaii

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Hawaii is home to some of the best beaches in the world, and residents spend a lot of money on monthly electricity and motor fuel, ranking fifth and third in the country in those categories, respectively. No wonder Hawaii has a total monthly energy cost of $286.

#14 Missouri

#14 Missouri

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In Missouri, the total monthly energy cost is $287, which ranks 14th in the United States.

#13 Pennsylvania

#13 Pennsylvania

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In Pennsylvania, the monthly home heating oil cost is $29, which is the ninth-highest in the country. This brings the total monthly energy cost to $289.

#12 West Virginia

#12 West Virginia

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Residents of West Virginia spend a lot of money on electricity ($148) and motor fuel ($109) each month, contributing to a monthly total of $291.

#11 Vermont

#11 Vermont

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Vermont ranks fifth in monthly home heating oil cost, which helps bring its total monthly energy cost to $294.

#10 Indiana

#10 Indiana

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Indiana is among the 10 most expensive states in terms of monthly energy costs ($295) thanks in part to a high monthly motor fuel cost of $115.

#9 Alabama

#9 Alabama

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The Yellowhammer State ranks first in monthly electricity cost, which explains the state’s top 10 ranking overall with a total monthly cost of $301.

#8 Georgia

#8 Georgia

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In Georgia, residents are spending a lot of money on electricity, ranking eighth in the country at $154 per month. The state’s total monthly energy cost is $302.

#7 Wyoming

#7 Wyoming

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No state spends more per month on motor fuel than Wyoming, which ranks seventh in the country overall with a total monthly energy cost of $315.

#6 Maine

#6 Maine

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Maine ranks first in the country in monthly home heating oil costs at $102. This helps increase the monthly total energy cost to $324.

#5 Alaska

#5 Alaska

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Alaska is no stranger to cold and snow, so it’s no wonder residents use a lot of money to keep themselves warm. The state ranks seventh in the monthly home heating oil cost and second in monthly natural gas cost. In total, residents spend $325 on energy per month.

#4 New Hampshire

#4 New Hampshire

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New Hampshire is second in monthly home heating oil at $88 and fourth in total monthly energy cost at $329.

#3 Rhode Island

#3 Rhode Island

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Rhode Island ranks third and fourth, respectively, in terms of monthly natural gas cost and monthly home heating oil, which both help raise the monthly total energy cost to $335.

#2 Massachusetts

#2 Massachusetts

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Massachusetts ranks fourth and sixth, respectively, in monthly natural gas cost and monthly home heating oil, and second overall in monthly total energy cost at $351.

#1 Connecticut

#1 Connecticut

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No state spends more money on its total monthly energy than Connecticut ($372). The state placed third in both monthly electricity costs and monthly home heating oil costs. If you live in Connecticut, reduce your energy costs by looking at the ways you can save money while at home.

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