Last year,  the U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2012 "Electric Sales, Revenue, and Average Price" report identified average monthly consumption in different regions of the U.S., and the top and bottom five states for average electricity costs.

According to the EIA, energy consumption is at its peak in July and August, as Americans try to escape the heat. Rising consumption means rising cost, and while the ranking of most, and least expensive electric bills may be enlightening (shameless pun), it ignores other energy costs that account for 7.1 percent of an average consumer's total income. WalletHub has combined average monthly consumption and costs of electricity, natural gas, and fuel in every state to create a "Most and Least Energy Expensive States" guide for consumers.

EcoBuilding Pulse's interactive heat map displays where each state falls for total energy cost, ranging from $301 (Colorado) to $451 (Hawaii). Hovering over a state displays their overall rank, total energy cost, monthly electricity cost, monthly natural gas cost, and monthly fuel cost.


Lowest and Highest Electricity Price ($/kWh) States:1. North Dakota                     47. Vermont
2. Washington                       48. Alaska
3. Arkansas                           49. Connecticut
4. Idaho                                 50. New York
5. Louisiana                           51. Hawaii

Lowest and Highest Natural Gas Price ($/1,000 cu ft) States:1. Colorado                           47. New Hampshire
2. Oklahoma                         48. Maine
3. Wyoming                          49. Florida
4. Mississippi                        50. Arizona 
T-5. Idaho / Montana            51. Hawaii

Lowest and Highest Fuel Price ($/gallon) States:1. South Carolina                47. Oregon
2. Alabama                         48. Washington
3. Mississippi                      49. California
4. Tennessee                      50. Alaska
5. Arkansas                        51. Hawaii

For state rankings by consumption level for each state and to see methodology for the report, read more on WalletHub.