Connecticut residents spend an average of $380 a month, the highest in the nation, on electricity, natural gas, car fuel, and heating oil. People in Washington only spend a fraction of that.
Through a recent study from WalletHub, the New York Times ranked the highest and lowest monthly energy costs of the 50 states and Washington D.C.
The nation’s capital has the lowest monthly rates, at only $219 a month on average. Illinois ($247), Oregon ($246), Colorado ($228), and Washington ($226) were also particularly inexpensive.
Following Connecticut on the high end were Alaska ($332), Rhode Island ($329), Massachusetts ($327), and Wyoming ($320).
Monthly costs for heating oil were the big difference. For example, people in Rhode Island spend $69 a month on heating oil, while Illinois residents pay $0.
The average American home spends about 14 percent of pretax income on energy, according to the United States Department of Labor.