South Carolina Ranks As America’s Least Energy-Efficient State

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As solar and wind power are projected to account for 16% of U.S. electricity generation in 2024, WalletHub has unveiled its Most & Least Energy-Efficient States.

Considering the financial implications of energy efficiency – with an average U.S. household spending around $2,000 annually on utilities and an additional $3,120 on motor fuel and oil – WalletHub analyzed the auto and home energy efficiency across 48 states. The study excluded Alaska and Hawaii due to data constraints.

The findings place South Carolina at the bottom of the list, while North Carolina ranks at #36.

Top Energy-Efficient States in America

Overall Rank*  State Total Score  Home Energy Efficiency  Auto Energy Efficiency 
1 Utah 87.58 1 7
2 Massachusetts 85.86 8 1
3 Vermont 85.06 3 6
4 New York 82.93 4 10
5 Rhode Island 81.46 7 4
6 Minnesota 81.27 2 21
7 California 80.98 10 3
8 Colorado 79.50 5 14
9 Wisconsin 77.16 6 17
10 Washington 72.69 17 8
11 New Jersey 71.08 19 12
12 Illinois 70.96 18 13
13 Connecticut 70.96 20 11
14 New Hampshire 70.57 11 31
15 Maine 70.16 14 28
16 Maryland 69.57 27 5
17 Nevada 69.50 15 24
18 Michigan 69.02 22 18
19 Pennsylvania 68.23 24 19
20 Oregon 67.17 26 22
21 Ohio 64.22 29 20
22 Florida 62.07 35 2
23 Arizona 61.90 31 16
24 Idaho 61.36 16 36
25 Iowa 61.01 12 44
26 Kansas 60.60 30 26
27 South Dakota 58.26 9 46
28 Indiana 57.47 32 30
29 Delaware 56.63 34 23
30 Montana 56.28 23 42
31 North Dakota 56.20 13 47
32 New Mexico 54.69 25 43
33 Nebraska 53.81 28 40
34 Virginia 52.22 33 32
35 Missouri 50.48 37 29
36 North Carolina 48.76 41 15
37 Kentucky 44.99 38 33
38 Georgia 44.46 46 9
39 Wyoming 44.26 21 48
40 Texas 43.27 36 41
41 Oklahoma 41.00 39 37
42 Tennessee 39.65 45 27
43 Louisiana 39.63 47 25
44 Arkansas 39.57 42 34
45 Mississippi 37.36 40 39
46 Alabama 34.37 44 35
47 West Virginia 31.03 43 45
48 South Carolina 24.24 48 38
N/A** Alaska
N/A** Hawaii

Notes: *No. 1 = Most Energy-Efficient

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