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    July 14, 2017


    2017’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States

    Get ready to crank up your air conditioner — and utility budget. July tends to be the hottest month of the year. So if your heat-averse body forces you to be more consumptive than conservative, this month’s higher-than-usual power bill could burn a hole through your wallet.

    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. For instance, although electricity is relatively cheaper in Southern Louisiana, its scorching summer heat raises costs for residents compared with the temperate climate in more energy-expensive Northern California, where heating and cooling units stay idle most of the year.

    To better understand the impact of energy on our finances relative to our location and consumption habits, WalletHub’s analysts compared the total monthly energy bills in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our analysis uses a special formula that accounts for the following residential energy types: electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil. Read on for our findings, tips and insight from a panel of experts, and a full description of our methodology.

    Iowa was named 2017’s 6th Least Energy-Expensive State in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com.

    Energy Consumption & Costs in Iowa (1=Most Expensive; 25=Avg.):
    • Avg. Monthly Energy Bill:$251
    • 28th– Price of Electricity
    • 31st–Electricity Consumption per Consumer
    • 45th– Price of Natural Gas
    • 36th–Price of Motor Fuel
    • 20th–Motor-Fuel Consumption per Driver
    Review the full study and all the findings here.