October is National Energy Awareness Month, but a new report shows that South Carolinians are some of the country’s worst when it comes to saving energy.
The report, which was released earlier this month by personal finance website WalletHub.com, ranks the Palmetto State last among the 48 contiguous states in overall energy conservation.
In separate categories, South Carolina ranked 48th in home energy efficiency, 43rd in vehicle fuel efficiency, and 30th in transportation efficiency.
According to WalletHub, the rankings ultimately conclude that South Carolinians spend more on energy than the average American. The typical U.S. family spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil.
The report compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau, National Climatic Data Center, Energy Information Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration. Due to data limitations, Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from the report.
Using two primary metrics, WalletHub created scores for home energy efficiency and car energy efficiency. For the former, the site calculated the ratio of total residential energy consumption to annual degree days. To calculate car energy efficiency, the site divided the annual vehicle miles driven by gallons of gasoline consumed to determine vehicle-fuel efficiency and measured annual vehicle miles driven per capita to determine transportation efficiency.
Check out the rankings below: