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New York is No. 1 in energy efficiency, study says

The city that never sleeps is part of the state that makes the best use of its energy.
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Even with the bright lights of the big city, New York ranked as the most energy efficient state. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Congratulations New York! You rank No. 1 in energy efficiency, according to a new study. (Massachusetts, you did OK, but Pennsylvania needs to step up its game.)

You might be rolling your eyes at this news because of MTA issues, Penn Station problems and other mass transportation debacles, but the state of New York ranked first overall — No. 1 for auto efficiency and No. 4 for energy efficiency at home — out of the 48 states considered, according to a new WalletHub study.

Source: WalletHub

Ways to Save Money: Energy Efficiency

Energy is the biggest household expense for Americans. The average U.S. family spends $2,000 per year on utilities. Heating and cooling accounts for more than half the bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The average consumer also dropped another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil in 2016, but amount has been declining in recent years.

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Top 10 Best and Worst States for Energy Efficiency

Best

1       New York

2       Vermont 

3       Utah        

4       Minnesota       

5       Massachusetts

6       Rhode Island

7       California

8       Wisconsin

9       Colorado

10     Connecticut

Worst

39     North Dakota

40     Kentucky 

41     Georgia   

42     Arkansas 

43     West Virginia  

44     Mississippi       

45     Tennessee       

46     Alabama 

47     Louisiana

48     South Carolina

Source: WalletHub

How WalletHub Calculated Energy Efficiency Rankings

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, National Climatic Data Center, Energy Information Administration and Federal Highway Administration, WalletHub calculated “Home Energy Efficiency” and “Auto Energy Efficiency” for 48 states.

Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from the survey. Massachusetts took fifth and Pennsylvania trailed behind in the 18th spot.

New York state earned a total score of 90.22.

Home efficiency was calculated using the ratio of total residential energy consumption to annual degree days. Auto efficiency was calculated by dividing the annual vehicle miles driven by gallons of gasoline consumed to determine vehicle-fuel efficiency and measuring annual vehicle miles driven per capita to determine transportation efficiency.

The scores were graded on a scale of one to 100, with 100 being a perfect score when weighted to proportionally reflect national patterns.

  • Home Energy Efficiency – Total Points: 50
  • Home Energy Efficiency = Total Residential Energy Consumption per Capita / Annual Degree Days
  • Auto Energy Efficiency – Total Points: 50
  • Vehicle-Fuel Efficiency = Annual Vehicle Miles Driven / Gallons of Gasoline Consumed
  • Transportation Efficiency = Annual Vehicle Miles Driven per Capita 
 
 
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