Resources like coal, oil, and uranium are what made Wyoming what it is today. But how does it rank on its energy-efficiency? In an analysis of every state in the continental US, published by, the Cowboy State placed 34th

If you look at the numbers, it tells a story. There are two separate categories which determines each state's rank. There are the “Home Energy Efficiency” and “Car Energy Efficiency”categories. In Wyoming which scored the best? I'll give you a hint, the weather plays a large role.

Home Energy Efficiency – Wyoming 13 of 48

Car Energy Efficiency – Wyoming 47 of 48

Wyomingites are more efficient in their homes then their cars. Homes in the Cowboy State have to stand up to the harsh winters and hurricane strength winds. Our cars have to be able to travel through those harsh winters and Wyoming winds. That gives us the incentive to get better insulation and get those new windows to keep the house warm in winter. As for the automobile, it is nice to drive something with 4-wheel-drive. Plus it needs to be able to hall the boat and/or camper.

The Top 10 Most Energy-Efficient States

  1. New York
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. Vermont
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Colorado
  9. Connecticut
  10. New Hampshire

The 10 Least Energy-Efficient States

  1. South Carolina
  2. Louisiana
  3. Alabama
  4. Mississippi
  5. Tennessee
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Georgia
  8. Kentucky
  9. West Virginia
  10. Texas