In 2014, Massachusetts was the most energy efficient state in the nation, narrowly beating out California, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The Council ranks states each year based on their energy efficiency.

Research analyst Annie Gilleo says the rankings encourage states to adopt more energy efficient policies and practices.

GILLEO: “There are lots of benefits to energy efficiency, and leading states are really realizing those, so things like economic growth, cleaner environments, resiliency, cheaper energy bills.”

PhotoHigher upfront costs and limited information sometimes prevent consumers from making energy efficient choices, but…

GILLEO: “State policies can really help homeowners and businesses overcome those barriers. States can offer incentives to utilities to invest in efficiencies, and in turn utilities can work with consumers to lower the cost of efficiency investments.”

Overall, states are increasing their budgets for green initiatives and energy efficiency, especially in electricity use, building codes, and fuel efficiency.

North Dakota received the dubious honor of being most in need of improvement, but Arkansas was the most improved state in the nation this year. You can see how your state ranks at

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: From the ACEEE scorecard.

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ACEEE: The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

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