According to recent research, Oklahomans have the sixth-highest monthly energy cost in the US at $583 overall. From the personal finance website WalletHub, only citizens of Wyoming, North Dakota, Alaska, Connecticut, and Massachusetts pay more in taxes.

Andres Matamoros sits in the shade as he tries to keep cool while selling fresh fruit and cold coconuts Wednesday, June 28, 2023, in Houston. Meteorologists say scorching temperatures brought on by a heat dome have taxed the Texas power grid and threaten to bring record highs to the state. (Source: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Research on Counties with High Energy Cost

From the published report of The Journal Report, the study examined residential energy cost, natural gas, motor gasoline, and home heating oil in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to gain a better knowledge of energy expenditures about location and consumption patterns. It revealed that 25% of American households experience severe energy burdens, devoting more than 6% of their income to utility costs.

In terms of monthly energy costs, Oklahoma is in the top seven, while for motor gasoline, it is in the top twelve. Both will likely see an increase in usage throughout the summer when Oklahomans turn up the air conditioning and go for holidays. Although Oklahoma’s average motor fuel price is among the lowest (44th), the state’s high ranking was achieved by being ranked sixth in both consumption and kilometers driven.

As stated by the U.S. According to the Energy Information Administration, July and August each year record the highest levels of energy costs. According to unofficial research, the period between June 29 and July 5 was the warmest on record for Earth because of climate change and a potent El Nino phenomenon.

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Climate Change causing High Energy Cost

The Climate Reanalyzer at the University of Maine, which assesses the state of the planet using satellite data and computer models, produced the classification. Taking exception to the label was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This statistic revealed that the average daily temperature on Earth for the seven days ending July 5 was 0.08 degrees Fahrenheit (0.04 degrees Celsius) greater than any week in the 44 years of record-keeping.

The unauthorized figures cannot be verified, according to the NOAA, whose data is regarded as the industry benchmark for climate data. It stated that the analyzer swaps “not suitable” model output data for actual temperatures and climate records. Instead of daily, the agency only keeps track of and records annual and monthly global temperatures.

According to the NOAA, the United States experienced its third-warmest meteorological summer (June 1–Aug. 31) in history last year. According to a WalletHub report, this heat wave and high inflation may make it harder for the 27% of American households who already struggle to fulfill their energy costs.

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