That makes July the month with the highest energy consumption of the year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Second-highest is August.
ENERGY COSTS: HOW THE STATES RANK
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As a pure cost, energy can be a drag on economic growth, crimping productivity and efficiency. For a business, higher costs can shrink profits and dampen expansion, but can sometimes be managed with planning, hedging or volume discounts.
For a household, softening the blow can be more difficult – especially for those living paycheck to paycheck. The more modest an income, the more energy costs can be a continual, but unpredictable stress, a drain on cash flow that siphons income from other spending.
And while most homes are more energy-efficient than in the past, the trend has been toward larger homes.
ATLANTA HOME PRICES UP AGAIN
In Georgia, electricity is just a bit more than half the average cost: $152 a month, followed by $118 a month to fuel the family vehicles.
The highest average bills are in Connecticut. After Georgia, the most costly bills in the South are in Mississippi, at eighth and Alabama, which ranks 11th.
States with the most expensive energy bills, on average:
1. Connecticut $380
2. Alaska $332
3. Rhode Island $329
4. Massachusetts $327
5. Wyoming $320
6. Georgia $310
7. Maine $308
8. Mississippi $307
9. New Hampshire $306
10. Vermont $305
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