HONOLULU (KHON) – Hawaii is an expensive state to live in. Food, gas and electricity cost more than if you choose to live on the mainland.
Because Hawaii has a very tropical climate it tends to be warm year-round between 80-90 degrees.
This could mean constantly running your AC, which in turn will crank up the price of your monthly electricity bill.
According to one study by Finder, a website dedicated to comparing financial products, brands and services, Hawaii is the most expensive state in terms of energy bills.
The average monthly energy bill for the Aloha State is $321 which equals to $3,856 a year! They compare this price to a getaway vacation to Hawaii for a party of two.
Hawaii ranks as the most expensive state for both monthly electricity costs at $168 and natural gas bills at $152 according to Finder.
They offer tips for homeowners in Hawaii who want to cut down their monthly energy bill.
Tips to reduce electricity bill:
- Buy energy efficient appliances
- Use a rewards card
- Unplug your devices
- Use off-peak energy hours
Although it’s pricey, switching to Energy Star appliances could save you 5% to 10% on your energy bill. Also consider switching to energy efficient light bulbs, which could help you save $75 a year on your monthly bill.
Keeping your device plugged in still uses energy called phantom power. This type of energy makes up about 25% of all residential energy and can be stopped by simply unplugging unused items.
For example, if you keep a phone charger plugged in all day and night, that may cost you $4 to $5 a year. To help cut costs, unplug your unused devices or buy a power strip.
To read the full study by Finder on Hawaii being the most expensive state for energy costs head to their website.