South Carolina Was Just Ranked As The Least Energy-Efficient State In America

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities. They estimate that adopting energy-efficient measures in the home could reduce a family’s utility costs by as much as 25%.

As for transportation, the agency found that a more fuel-efficient vehicle could save the average driver about $625 per year.

Financial analyst website WalletHub decided to find out which states in America were best at applying these energy-saving principles to save money and to help our environment.

They calculated the ratio of total residential energy consumption to annual degree days for ‘Home Energy Efficiency’, then divided the annual vehicle miles driven per capita by gallons of gasoline consumed to determine ‘Auto Energy Efficiency’.

Here were their results for the continental 48 states (they were not able to obtain sufficient data on Alaska and Hawaii):

Source: WalletHub

Most & Least Energy-Efficient States

Overall Rank* State Total Score ‘Home Energy Efficiency’ Rank ‘Auto Energy Efficiency’ Rank
1 New York 90.22 4 1
2 Vermont 84.81 1 13
3 Utah 84.12 2 8
4 Minnesota 78.05 3 18
5 Massachusetts 77.86 9 5
6 Rhode Island 76.81 11 4
7 California 75.33 15 3
8 Wisconsin 74.12 7 16
9 Colorado 74.00 8 15
10 Connecticut 71.83 19 7
11 Nevada 71.64 14 9
12 New Hampshire 70.65 6 30
13 Michigan 69.29 12 17
14 Maine 66.17 5 41
15 Illinois 64.71 21 23
16 New Jersey 63.20 22 26
17 New Mexico 62.55 18 35
18 Pennsylvania 62.27 24 19
19 Arizona 62.05 27 11
20 Idaho 61.59 20 32
21 Oregon 61.43 25 14
22 Washington 60.56 29 10
23 Delaware 59.22 30 12
24 Ohio 58.49 28 21
25 Florida 58.32 34 2
26 Montana 56.96 13 45
27 Maryland 56.62 31 20
28 Iowa 56.53 16 44
29 Kansas 53.31 33 24
30 South Dakota 52.78 17 46
31 Indiana 52.21 32 28
32 Nebraska 50.71 26 40
33 North Carolina 49.40 40 6
34 Virginia 46.23 36 27
35 Missouri 43.97 37 33
36 Wyoming 41.17 10 48
37 Texas 39.64 35 43
38 Oklahoma 39.49 38 38
39 North Dakota 38.29 23 47
40 Kentucky 37.87 41 34
41 Georgia 36.83 44 22
42 Arkansas 36.64 42 36
43 West Virginia 36.07 43 29
44 Mississippi 35.48 39 39
45 Tennessee 33.73 47 25
46 Alabama 32.44 46 31
47 Louisiana 31.17 45 37
48 South Carolina 21.51 48 42
N/A** Alaska
N/A** Hawaii

You can find out more about the methodology on Wallethub’s full report here.

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