Texas energy costs rank in middle among U.S. states, study finds


When it comes to energy costs, Texas is just average. That’s according to a study by WalletHub that looks at how much people in all 50 states spend on energy.

Texas ranks No. 28 in energy costs. Texans pay on average $289 per month on energy. That includes electricity, fueling the car, natural gas costs and the monthly home heating-oil costs, WalletHub reports.

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The group said that Texas is the eighth most expensive state for electric bills, at about $155 a month. And filling up the car: it costs Texans on average $110 a month on gas, making Texas the 26th most expensive state at the gas pump.

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Connecticut, the researchers say, is the most expensive state for energy prices and its New England neighbors Massachusetts (2nd), Rhode Island (3rd) and Vermont (4th) fill the top four. Washington is the least expensive.

July is one of the hottest months. Next week, the forecast shows four straight days of 100 degree weather. The researchers said between 5 and 22 percent of Americans’ monthly budget goes to energy. And America’s poorest people tend to pay the most for energy, according to WalletHub.

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“Where we live and how much energy we use make up a larger part of the math,” writes WalletHub. “Electricity might be cheap in Southern Louisiana, for instance, but its scorching summer weather could still result in higher costs for its residents than the temperate climate in more energy-expensive Northern California, where heating and cooling units stay idle most of the year.”

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