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    Survey: California ranks 13th in monthly energy costs

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  • California is shown to be the 13th most-affordable U.S. location for monthly energy costs in three areas: electricity, natural gas and fuel.
    A recent WalletHub survey used six key metrics to explore a number of factors in the 50 states and Washington, D.C., among them the price and consumption of electricity as well as the price of fuel at the pump and number of miles driven.
    The survey results offer consumers an opportunity to make informed decisions about their energy costs, which eat about 7.1 percent of the average consumer’s total income, and where they should practice conservation.
    Colorado came in No. 1 in affordability with a $301 average monthly expense, followed by Washington ($302) and Montana ($305).
    The monthly average cost for Californians is $327, led by fuel — $192, with an expense rank of 36. Only Hawaii and Alaska ranked higher than California in fuel expense.
    The state ranked 10th in electricity affordability ($91) and 13th in natural gas ($44).
    Data used to create the rankings is courtesy of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
    Consumers are urged to practice energy efficient uses to help lower their monthly energy bills. Suggestions can be found at wallethub.com
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