South Carolina Ranked As 2021’s Least Energy-Efficient State In America

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Happy National Energy Awareness Month! With U.S. energy consumption having declined by 7% last year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States.

To gauge the financial impact of doing more with less energy — the average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,568 on motor fuel and oil — the site compared the auto- and home-energy efficiency in 48 U.S. states. Due to data limitations, Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from their analysis.

South Carolina was ranked dead last and North Carolina was ranked in the bottom half at #35.

Most & Least Energy-Efficient States

Overall Rank*  State Total Score  Home Energy Efficiency  Auto Energy Efficiency 
1 Utah 83.91 1 8
2 New York 82.05 3 2
3 Massachusetts 79.72 9 1
4 Minnesota 77.42 2 26
5 Rhode Island 76.45 6 6
6 Colorado 75.68 4 15
7 Vermont 74.60 5 12
8 Wisconsin 72.54 7 17
9 California 71.88 14 4
10 Connecticut 68.28 17 7
11 Maine 67.81 10 24
12 Nevada 66.98 15 14
13 Illinois 66.94 18 9
14 New Hampshire 64.67 12 29
15 Michigan 63.98 19 18
16 New Jersey 63.46 20 19
17 Maryland 60.73 28 10
18 Pennsylvania 60.21 23 21
19 Oregon 59.75 24 20
20 Washington 59.73 27 13
21 Florida 58.00 34 3
22 South Dakota 57.55 8 46
23 Arizona 57.03 30 16
24 Iowa 56.07 11 45
25 Ohio 55.58 29 23
26 Idaho 55.53 21 36
27 Indiana 53.17 32 22
28 Kansas 51.94 31 31
29 Montana 51.17 22 42
30 New Mexico 50.99 25 37
31 Nebraska 49.01 26 40
32 Delaware 48.29 33 33
33 Virginia 47.69 35 25
34 North Dakota 46.45 13 47
35 North Carolina 44.02 40 11
36 Missouri 42.05 38 30
37 Georgia 39.24 44 5
38 Wyoming 37.88 16 48
39 Oklahoma 36.68 37 38
40 Texas 36.36 36 44
41 Kentucky 34.58 41 34
42 Arkansas 32.31 42 35
43 Mississippi 31.63 39 41
44 Louisiana 31.22 45 27
45 Tennessee 30.43 46 28
46 Alabama 29.05 47 32
47 West Virginia 24.20 43 43
48 South Carolina 21.49 48 39
N/A** Alaska
N/A** Hawaii

Notes: *No. 1 = Most Energy-Efficient

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