A recent study offered some insight as to which states are doing the best at conserving energy—and which ones, by contrast, still have a lot of room for improvement. Wallethub (a personal finance site) conducted the study. In releasing the findings, the site noted that utility bills are one of the highest expenses for many American consumers, costing an average family around $2,000 per year. Obviously that figure can vary widely depending on whether they rent or own their property. And for property owners, the age and size of their home can also make a big difference.
At the top of the list, designated as the most energy efficient states, are New York, Vermont and Minnesota. Others that earn good ratings are Wisconsin, Utah, Rhode Island, Colorado and California. At the other end of the spectrum, the states falling at the bottom of the list include South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas.
In determining its ranks, Wallethub primarily considered two main factors in doing its evaluations. First it looked at home energy efficiency, determining total residential energy consumption per household and then dividing that by the number of days below or above the “average day” temperature, which they established at 65 degrees.
The second part of the equation involved looking at the state’s car energy efficiency. This involved evaluating auto-related stats such as the average number of miles driven by each resident.
While we can’t address the car-related efficiency issues, we do know a few things about improving energy efficiency in homes and buildings. Of course, the total energy efficiency status for an entire state involves many factors. However, there are things an individual property owner can do that can greatly improve their own property’s energy efficiency. If many property owners each take a few steps in this direction, collectively that can make a huge difference.
Certain states and regions have invested in projects to help enable and encourage residents to use more energy efficient systems, such as solar panels. Some areas have also offered incentives to help property owners offset the costs of investing in energy efficient improvements. While this of course does help make it easier for people and businesses to upgrade their properties for better energy efficiency, even those in other areas can still do their part to reduce their energy consumption.
One of the most effective ways to make a property more energy efficient is to cut down on the amount of air loss. When air can easily travel in and out of the structure, this represents wasted money in the form of the cost to heat and cool that escaped air. Using spray foam insulation and roofing materials is an excellent way to create a solid perimeter around the structure. This prevents air from escaping and also helps eliminate leaks and drafts.
Property owners are often pleasantly surprised at what a huge difference this one step can make in reducing energy waste and thus lowering overall energy consumption. This helps conserve valuable natural resources—and as a bonus, it can also dramatically lower utility bills.
No matter which state you live in, it is to your advantage to evaluate your property’s energy usage and try to identify ways in which you can improve that situation. Contractors and building professionals play a big role, as they can educate customers about the best ways to improve energy efficiency. Then they can perform the services that improve a property’s energy conservation.
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