South Carolina Ranked The Least Energy Efficient State In America For 2019

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Happy National Energy Awareness Month!

With the U.S. Department of Energy estimating that the average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $2,109 on motor fuel and oil, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States.

To gauge the financial impact of doing more with less energy, the site compared the auto- and home-energy efficiency in 48 U.S. states. Due to data limitations, Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from our analysis.

South Carolina ranked dead last according to the report, and North Carolina ranked in the bottom half at #33;

Most & Least Energy-Efficient States for 2019

Overall Rank* State Total Score ‘Home Energy Efficiency’ Rank ‘Auto Energy Efficiency’ Rank
1 New York 88.47 3 1
2 Rhode Island 85.82 5 2
3 Utah 84.29 1 10
4 Massachusetts 80.82 8 3
5 Vermont 79.06 4 11
6 California 78.15 13 4
7 Colorado 76.62 6 13
8 Minnesota 76.29 2 30
9 Wisconsin 75.64 7 12
10 Connecticut 72.85 16 6
11 Nevada 69.59 15 17
12 Michigan 68.77 21 14
13 Illinois 67.73 22 16
14 Maine 67.09 9 33
15 Washington 66.00 27 8
16 New Hampshire 65.90 14 29
17 New Jersey 65.55 19 24
18 Oregon 63.22 25 19
19 Pennsylvania 62.48 26 20
20 Maryland 61.68 30 9
21 Arizona 60.58 29 15
22 Idaho 60.34 18 36
23 Florida 59.94 34 5
24 Iowa 59.48 12 42
25 Kansas 58.56 32 18
26 Delaware 58.37 28 23
27 Ohio 57.23 31 21
28 New Mexico 56.63 23 37
29 Montana 55.01 17 43
30 South Dakota 53.78 10 46
31 Nebraska 53.35 24 40
32 Indiana 52.34 33 25
33 North Carolina 51.43 38 7
34 Virginia 48.87 35 27
35 North Dakota 47.70 11 47
36 Missouri 43.86 37 34
37 West Virginia 39.22 40 32
38 Wyoming 38.85 20 48
39 Oklahoma 37.30 39 38
40 Kentucky 36.97 42 35
41 Texas 36.48 36 45
42 Georgia 36.12 44 22
43 Mississippi 33.40 41 41
44 Arkansas 33.38 43 39
45 Tennessee 32.18 46 26
46 Alabama 31.27 45 31
47 Louisiana 29.19 47 28
48 South Carolina 18.96 48 44
N/A** Alaska
N/A** Hawaii

 

What do you think is the most important thing Carolina residents can do to reduce their energy spending? 

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