» RELATED: Georgia's energy consumption costs are among the highest in America, study finds<br/>So how did the report's authors get their data? The researchers looked at electricity bill costs based on electricity consumption data and pricing from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
For natural gas, they looked at average gas usage and pricing data from TECO Energy. Water bill costs were based on data from Cirlcle of Blue.
The sum of those costs were used to calculate the average costs for each state.
“States were ranked solely based on how much utilities cost their residents each month on average. Other factors were not considered for our rankings,” the researchers wrote.
Their methodology and list of sources can be found here.
Here's a breakdown of the data they compiled for Georgia<br/>Rank: 5<br/>Electricity: $126.38<br/>Natural gas: $99.33<br/>Water: $70.39<br/>Internet: $60<br/>Cable: $85<br/>Total: $441.10
Here's a breakdown of the average monthly utility costs nationwide<br/>Electricity: $110.76<br/>Natural gas: $72.1<br/>Water: $70.39<br/>Cable TV: $85<br/>Internet: $60<br/>Trash/recycling: $14<br/>Total cost: $398.24
Here are some tips from NerdWallet on saving on utility costs:
- Check seals on windows, doors and appliances
- Fix leaky ductwork
- Program your thermostat to turn down while you're sleeping or away
- Take shorter showers and replace your showerhead
- Install dimmer switches
- Have an energy audit done