July 16, 2020 | Number of The Day
Average monthly energy bill for New Jersey residents

July tends to be the hottest month, and when the temperature starts to climb, New Jersey residents do what most Americans do and crank up the AC. Of course, that comfort comes with a cost, in the form of higher energy bills. On average, energy bills in the Garden State come in at $274 a month, according to the WalletHub personal finances site. And this year’s bills will be even higher, with folks stuck at home during the lockdown. Conversely, commercial and industrial facilities will be spending less on energy.

Those monthly energy bills break down like this: electricity ($118), natural gas ($58), motor fuel ($82) and home heating oil ($15).

How does New Jersey do compared with its neighbors? That $274 is right in the middle of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. At the top of the pile is Connecticut ($372). Massachusetts is second ($351), followed by Rhode Island (3/$335), New Hampshire (4/$329) and Alaska (5/$325).

Residents of the District of Columbia pay the lowest monthly energy bills ($199); Washington state takes the 50th slot ($219), and Colorado comes in at 49 ($220).