(AL.com) — Alabamians' heavy use of air conditioning in the summer and electric heat pumps in the winter ends up costing us, according to a state-by-state analysis performed by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Read the report here.)
Alabama residents, on average, spent more on electricity than any other state except South Carolina, according to the study, with the average residential customer in Alabama spending $1,747 per year on electricity, or $145.58 every month.
The high total spending in Alabama was driven by heavy usage -- third highest among states -- and average rates slightly below the national average of 12.5 cents per kilowatt hour.
Southeastern states as a whole dominated the usage statistics, with heavy use of air conditioning in the summer cited in the report as a primary factor.