For the second year in a row, the Yellowhammer State ranks as America’s third least energy-efficient state.
The average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil, which makes WalletHub’s findings bad news for for Alabamians who are spending more than the average American consumer on energy consumption.
In the new, in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States, the personal-finance website endeavored to bring awareness to the impact of energy on American wallets and encourage citizen to conserve more, as October is National Energy Awareness Month.
Energy efficiency in Alabama (1=most energy-efficient; 24=avg.)
- 46th: Home energy efficiency
- 4th: Vehicle-fuel efficiency
- 47th: Transportation efficiency
WalletHub’s analysts compared the auto- and home-energy efficiency in 48 U.S. states across two key dimensions, “Home Energy Efficiency” and “Auto Energy Efficiency.” They obtained the former by calculating the ratio of total residential energy consumption to annual degree days. For the latter, they divided the annual vehicle miles driven by gallons of gasoline consumed to determine vehicle-fuel efficiency and measured annual vehicle miles driven per capita to determine transportation efficiency.
Neighbor-state Mississippi ranked 4th least energy-efficient, meanwhile Tennessee ranked 5th. South Carolina ranked the least energy-efficient of all states.
Here’s a look at how Alabama compares to the rest of the country: