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Connecticut Just Misses Top Ten for Car Energy Efficiency Rankings

GRAPHIC: Connecticut ranks near the top among the darker blue states on the map for car-related energy efficiency in a new report, but scored lower for home-related energy efficiency. Map graphic courtesy of Wallethub.
GRAPHIC: Connecticut ranks near the top among the darker blue states on the map for car-related energy efficiency in a new report, but scored lower for home-related energy efficiency. Map graphic courtesy of Wallethub.
October 14, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut places near the top in a new nationwide report on car-related energy efficiency, released to coincide with National Energy Awareness Month throughout October.

Wallethub, a financial advice website, charts the annual progress of home and transportation energy efficiency on a state-by-state basis, and ranks states on how well they do.

When it comes to energy efficiency behind the wheel, Connecticut just misses the top 10, coming in at number 12 nationally, says Jill Gonzalez with Wallethub.

"Connecticut had one of the better ratios, as far as its motor fuel consumption against its miles traveled," says Gonzalez. "I mean, it's still no Vermont, but people are walking and biking a little bit more there."

Connecticut came in much lower for home-related energy efficiency, at 23rd. Overall the state ranked number 12, while Vermont topped both New England and the nation with the number one ranking.

Nationally, miles per gallon (MPG) numbers have risen significantly in recent years, but Gonzalez says some states - especially some western states with long commutes - have done a much better job of increasing fuel efficiency on the road.

"California and Colorado really put an emphasis on hybrid cars and using HOV carpool lanes," she says. "They seem to make up for their size and commute, and really decrease their fuel-to-miles ratio."

According to the National Energy Awareness Month website, the average household spends more than $2,000 per year on energy bills, but also notes a typical dollar invested in efficiency brings more than twice that in returns.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT