When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s safe to say Alabama has a lot of room for improvement.
According to a new report by personal finance site WalletHub, on 2018’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States, Alabama ranks the third least energy-efficient state in the country. With energy being of the biggest household expenses, that’s not good news for families in the Yellowhammer State.
Energy efficiency in Alabama (1= most energy-efficient; 24= avg.)
- 44th: Home energy efficiency
- 9th: Vehicle-fuel efficiency
- 47th: Transportation efficiency
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities, with heating and cooling of spaces alone accounting for more than half the bill. In 2018, the average consumer spent another $1,968 on motor fuel and oil, up $59 from last year. The DOE estimates that adopting energy-efficient measures in the home could reduce a family’s utility costs by as much as 25 percent.
In order to gauge the impact of doing more with less energy, WalletHub measured the efficiency of auto- and home-energy consumption in 48 U.S. states. Due to data limitations, Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from our analysis. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.
Here’s how Alabama compares to the rest of the country: