Not so shocking
Texas is one of the least energy efficient states in the country in 2023, study says
The Lone Star State has failed to perform well on an annual ranking of the most energy efficient states.
Texas ranked as the 40th most energy efficient state, according to WalletHub's annual report. Only eight continental U.S. states ranked poorer, including Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, and South Carolina, respectively.
The report looked at home and auto energy efficiency, as the report's methodology outlines.
"We obtained the former by calculating the ratio of total residential energy consumption to annual degree days. For the latter, we divided the annual vehicle miles driven by gallons of gasoline consumed to determine vehicle-fuel efficiency and measured annual vehicle miles driven per capita to determine transportation efficiency," reads the study.
Texas scored a 36 out of 50 points for home energy efficiency and 41 points for auto energy efficiency.
The report's experts were asked about federal incentivization of energy efficiency for customers, and all were in agreement that this is key to the future of energy.
"Energy conservation is a big piece that needs to be tackled efficiently for us to make any progress on energy transition. Incentivizing consumers and businesses is necessary but only if there is a clear demonstration of changes in personal and business work/living habits that reduce the energy footprint," says Sanjay Srinivasan, director at EMS Energy Institute and professor at Pennsylvania State University.
Utah ranked No. 1 in the WalletHub study.
Another recent report looked at Texas from the solar perspective, and Houston failed to place in the top 15 most "solar" cities in the United States. However, Austin led the way for Texas, ranking the No. 3 most “solar” city in the U.S., per Thumbtack. Austin, with the highest net-new solar panel installations within the past year in Texas, split up four Californian cities in the top five. Only San Diego (No. 1) and Los Angeles (No. 2) outranked Austin.
While there's room for improvement for efficiency, Texas has among the best prices for energy, as WalletHub found in a report this summer. Texas ranked No. 49 on the list of the 2023 Most Energy-Expensive States.
This report originally appeared on our sister site, EnergyCapitalHTX.