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Report: Colorado is this year’s least energy-expensive state — almost

Author: Erin Prater - July 12, 2018 - Updated: July 12, 2018

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It’s never fun thinking about energy bills — especially in the middle of summer, when soaring temperatures often lead us to crank up the AC, only to regret it when it comes time to pay.

But the energy bills appearing in mailboxes throughout Colorado don’t pack as much punch as those in most of the rest of the country, according to a new report.

Colorado is the second least energy-expensive place to live in the U.S. this year, only bested by Washington, D.C., according to a Wednesday press release from WalletHub.

Its study “compared the average monthly energy bills in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia using a special formula that accounts for the following residential energy types: electricity, natural gas, motor fuel and home heating oil.”

The average Coloradan’s energy bill: $252/month, compared to $203/month in D.C. and $372/month in Wyoming, the most energy-expensive state this year, according to WalletHub.

Colorado ranked third when it came to lowest natural gas prices, bested only by North Dakota (No. 1) and Montana (No. 2). The state received largely positive marks for its electricity consumption per consumer and motor-fuel consumption per driver. It ranked a hair above average when it came to the price of electricity, and slight more above average when it came to the price of motor fuel.

You can view how all states ranked on a variety of measures here.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.