It’s expensive to heat, cool, and power a home. According to a WalletHub survey that draws from 2016 state and federal data, the average monthly household energy bill ranges from a high of $404 in Connecticut to a low of $218 in Washington State. To get those numbers, WalletHub added together the average monthly electricity, natural gas, motor fuel, and home heating oil bills in each state.
Needless to say, energy costs can really impact household budgets, especially at the lower end of the income scale. According to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, households in the lowest income quintile pay approximately 22% of their after-tax earnings toward energy, including motor fuel. By contrast, top-quintile households pay just 5%, on average.