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Dori // Wikicommons

States that consume the most energy

The conservation effort to preserve Earth’s limited-water supply has been highly promoted for some time now, and it’s more likely than not that most people have been called upon at some point to take active measures to use less water. And while the desire to scale back water usage is vital in its own right, it has stolen some of the spotlight from what is arguably an equally pressing issue: excessive energy consumption. In the United States alone, approximately 97.7 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of primary energy was consumed in 2017, nearly 90% of which came across three major sectors: electric power, transportation, and industrial.

In seeking to discover the biggest offenders in America, Stacker used data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration in order to rank the states responsible for the highest per-capita energy consumption. The energy totals are measured in Btu, which is defined as, “the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of liquid water by 1 degree Fahrenheit at the temperature that water has its greatest density (approximately 39 degrees Fahrenheit).” Data is pulled from 2015, the year with the most recent available EIA data.

Read on to see how much better each state could be doing in terms of conserving energy, and consider whether there are tangible ways to contribute to saving the Earth’s limited-energy supply.

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lecates // Wikicommons

#51. New York

Total energy consumed per capita: 189 million Btu (#51 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $2,828 (#50 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 17.53 cents/kilowatt hour (kWh) (#9 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $12.06/thousand cubic ft (#12 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Public Domain

#50. Rhode Island

Total energy consumed per capita: 192 million Btu (#50 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,406 (#35 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 20.22 cents/kWh (#5 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $14.83/thousand cubic ft (#5 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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GoodFreePhotos

#49. California

Total energy consumed per capita: 197 million Btu (#49 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,126 (#43 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 19.17 cents/kWh (#7 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $12.27/thousand cubic ft (#10 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Zach Dischner // Flickr

#48. Hawaii

Total energy consumed per capita: 198 million Btu (#48 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,001 (#17 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 32.05 cents/kWh (#1 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $42.16/thousand cubic ft (#1 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Sandor Photography // Wikicommons

#47. Florida (tie)

Total energy consumed per capita: 210 million Btu (#46 (tie) highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $2,796 (#51 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.75 cents/kWh (#30 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $19.96/thousand cubic ft (#2 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Ivanip // Wikicommons

#46. Connecticut (tie)

Total energy consumed per capita: 210 million Btu (#46 (tie) highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,657 (#23 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 21.04 cents/kWh (#4 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $12.76/thousand cubic ft (#9 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Alan Stark // Flickr

#45. Arizona (tie)

Total energy consumed per capita: 211 million Btu (#44 (tie) highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $2,937 (#47 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.39 cents/kWh (#24 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $14.16/thousand cubic ft (#6 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Michelle Maria // Wikicommons

#44. Vermont (tie)

Total energy consumed per capita: 211 million Btu (#44 (tie) highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,273 (#9 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 17.60 cents/kWh (#8 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $12.93/thousand cubic ft (#8 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism // Flickr

#43. Massachusetts

Total energy consumed per capita: 213 million Btu (#43 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,514 (#32 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 22.49 cents/kWh (#2 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: n/a/thousand cubic ft (#45 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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GoodFreePhotos

#42. Nevada

Total energy consumed per capita: 225 million Btu (#42 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,122 (#44 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.62 cents/kWh (#22 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $8.24/thousand cubic ft (#31 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Billy Hathorn // Wikicommons

#41. New Hampshire

Total energy consumed per capita: 229 million Btu (#41 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,934 (#19 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 19.93 cents/kWh (#6 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $15.51/thousand cubic ft (#4 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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MamaGeek // Wikicommons

#40. Maryland

Total energy consumed per capita: 233 million Btu (#40 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,241 (#40 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.97 cents/kWh (#16 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $9.79/thousand cubic ft (#24 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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GoodFreePhotos

#39. Oregon

Total energy consumed per capita: 238 million Btu (#39 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,144 (#42 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.74 cents/kWh (#42 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $9.85/thousand cubic ft (#23 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Public Domain

#38. North Carolina

Total energy consumed per capita: 251 million Btu (#38 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,073 (#45 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.17 cents/kWh (#36 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $10.45/thousand cubic ft (#19 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Public Domain

#37. New Jersey

Total energy consumed per capita: 256 million Btu (#37 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,485 (#33 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 15.41 cents/kWh (#12 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $8.76/thousand cubic ft (#30 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Aqua Mechanical // Flickr

#36. Utah

Total energy consumed per capita: 264 million Btu (#36 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $2,921 (#49 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.44 cents/kWh (#46 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: n/a/thousand cubic ft (#45 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Max Pixel

#35. Washington, D.C.

Total energy consumed per capita: 267 million Btu (#35 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,228 (#41 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.18 cents/kWh (#26 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $11.32/thousand cubic ft (#14 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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GoodFreePhotos

#34. Colorado

Total energy consumed per capita: 272 million Btu (#34 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $2,925 (#48 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.72 cents/kWh (#31 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.32/thousand cubic ft (#38 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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dannymac15_1999 // Flickr

#33. Washington

Total energy consumed per capita: 278 million Btu (#33 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,044 (#46 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 9.65 cents/kWh (#50 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $9.93/thousand cubic ft (#22 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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GoodFreePhotos

#32. Michigan

Total energy consumed per capita: 279 million Btu (#32 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,350 (#36 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 15.55 cents/kWh (#11 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.59/thousand cubic ft (#36 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Hafiz Issadeen // Wikicommons

#31. Georgia

Total energy consumed per capita: 280 million Btu (#31 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,273 (#39 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.33 cents/kWh (#35 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $13.08/thousand cubic ft (#7 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Ben Schumin // Wikicommons

#30. Virginia

Total energy consumed per capita: 283 million Btu (#30 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,288 (#38 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.71 cents/kWh (#32 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $9.42/thousand cubic ft (#26 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Bo Gordy-Stith // Wikicommons

#29. Delaware

Total energy consumed per capita: 294 million Btu (#29 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,625 (#24 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.38 cents/kWh (#25 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $11.64/thousand cubic ft (#13 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Lasse Fuss // Wikicommons

#28. Missouri

Total energy consumed per capita: 301 million Btu (#28 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,595 (#28 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.48 cents/kWh (#44 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $9.43/thousand cubic ft (#25 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Ronald C. Yochum Jr. // Wikicommons

#27. Pennsylvania

Total energy consumed per capita: 303 million Btu (#27 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,554 (#30 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 13.91 cents/kWh (#14 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $10.41/thousand cubic ft (#20 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Paul VanDerWerf // Flickr

#26. Maine

Total energy consumed per capita: 305 million Btu (#26 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,565 (#5 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 15.61 cents/kWh (#10 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: n/a/thousand cubic ft (#45 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Daniel Powell // Wikicommons

#25. Illinois

Total energy consumed per capita: 307 million Btu (#25 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,289 (#37 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.73 cents/kWh (#18 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.25/thousand cubic ft (#42 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Dori // Wikicommons

#24. Wisconsin

Total energy consumed per capita: 308 million Btu (#24 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,594 (#29 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 14.41 cents/kWh (#13 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.32/thousand cubic ft (#38 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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GoodFreePhotos

#23. Idaho

Total energy consumed per capita: 317 million Btu (#23 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,619 (#26 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 9.99 cents/kWh (#48 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.08/thousand cubic ft (#43 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Public Domain

#22. Ohio

Total energy consumed per capita: 322 million Btu (#22 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,604 (#27 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.55 cents/kWh (#23 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.31/thousand cubic ft (#40 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Dustin Gaffke // Flickr

#21. Minnesota

Total energy consumed per capita: 323 million Btu (#21 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,553 (#31 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.71 cents/kWh (#19 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: n/a/thousand cubic ft (#45 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Asaavedra32 // Wikicommons

#20. New Mexico

Total energy consumed per capita: 325 million Btu (#20 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,432 (#34 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.67 cents/kWh (#20 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.31/thousand cubic ft (#40 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Kaldari // Wikicommons

#19. Tennessee

Total energy consumed per capita: 329 million Btu (#19 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,621 (#25 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.15 cents/kWh (#37 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $9.13/thousand cubic ft (#29 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Tim // Wikicommons

#18. South Carolina

Total energy consumed per capita: 337 million Btu (#18 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,763 (#21 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.97 cents/kWh (#16 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $10.69/thousand cubic ft (#18 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Public Domain

#17. Arkansas

Total energy consumed per capita: 354 million Btu (#17 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,752 (#22 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.47 cents/kWh (#45 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $12.07/thousand cubic ft (#11 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Lane Pearman // Flickr

#16. Kansas

Total energy consumed per capita: 372 million Btu (#16 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,887 (#20 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 13.36 cents/kWh (#15 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $10.05/thousand cubic ft (#21 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Sara goth // Wikicommons

#15. Montana (tie)

Total energy consumed per capita: 379 million Btu (#14 (tie) highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,202 (#13 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.84 cents/kWh (#40 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: n/a/thousand cubic ft (#45 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Growthalliance // Wikicommons

#14. Mississippi (tie)

Total energy consumed per capita: 379 million Btu (#14 (tie) highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,230 (#11 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.04 cents/kWh (#29 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $10.85/thousand cubic ft (#16 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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The Pug Father // Flickr

#13. Kentucky

Total energy consumed per capita: 390 million Btu (#13 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,006 (#16 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.55 cents/kWh (#43 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $9.28/thousand cubic ft (#27 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Alby Headrick // Wikicommons

#12. Alabama

Total energy consumed per capita: 393 million Btu (#12 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,140 (#14 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.65 cents/kWh (#21 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $15.54/thousand cubic ft (#3 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Serge Melki // Wikicommons

#11. Oklahoma

Total energy consumed per capita: 417 million Btu (#11 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,103 (#15 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.85 cents/kWh (#39 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.98/thousand cubic ft (#33 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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ForestWander // Wikicommons

#10. West Virginia

Total energy consumed per capita: 421 million Btu (#10 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $3,958 (#18 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.43 cents/kWh (#34 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $9.18/thousand cubic ft (#28 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Chris bowman // Wikicommons

#9. Indiana

Total energy consumed per capita: 430 million Btu (#9 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,209 (#12 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.13 cents/kWh (#27 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.53/thousand cubic ft (#37 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#8. South Dakota

Total energy consumed per capita: 447 million Btu (#8 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,499 (#6 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.84 cents/kWh (#40 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: n/a/thousand cubic ft (#45 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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civilengtiger // Wikicommons

#7. Nebraska

Total energy consumed per capita: 450 million Btu (#7 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,326 (#8 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 10.25 cents/kWh (#47 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.77/thousand cubic ft (#35 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Ken Lund // Flickr

#6. Texas

Total energy consumed per capita: 470 million Btu (#6 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,234 (#10 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.58 cents/kWh (#33 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $11.27/thousand cubic ft (#15 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Patrick Hawks // Wikicommons

#5. Iowa

Total energy consumed per capita: 479 million Btu (#5 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $4,465 (#7 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 12.05 cents/kWh (#28 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $8.13/thousand cubic ft (#32 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Tuey // Flickr

#4. North Dakota

Total energy consumed per capita: 803 million Btu (#4 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $7,248 (#3 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 9.65 cents/kWh (#50 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $6.09/thousand cubic ft (#44 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Joseph // Wikicommons

#3. Alaska

Total energy consumed per capita: 840 million Btu (#3 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $7,487 (#1 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 21.47 cents/kWh (#3 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $10.77/thousand cubic ft (#17 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Georgio // Flickr

#2. Wyoming

Total energy consumed per capita: 893 million Btu (#2 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $7,468 (#2 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 11.05 cents/kWh (#38 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: $7.87/thousand cubic ft (#34 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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Antrell Williams // Flickr

#1. Louisiana

Total energy consumed per capita: 912 million Btu (#1 highest in the U.S.)

Total energy expenditures per capita: $6,540 (#4 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential electricity retail price: 9.79 cents/kWh (#49 highest in the U.S.)

Average residential natural gas price: n/a/thousand cubic ft (#45 highest in the U.S.)

 

 

 

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