Texas is among the ten worst states for energy efficiency in the country, according to a new report. WalletHub, a personal finance site, examined the efficiency of 48 U.S. states on issues related to home electricity and transport, ranking Texas at number 41.
The report noted Texas does slightly better in terms of efficiency with its electric utilities. The Lone Star State placed 36th in home energy efficiency, compared to 45th place for the oil and gas used in vehicles.
Although Texas remains near the bottom of the pile, its score rose slightly from 2018, when it came in 42nd place.
The WalletHub report only provides a snapshot of current conditions. A broader examination of energy efficiency policies in Texas by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) puts Texas in a more respectable 26th place. Unlike the WalletHub report, the ACEEE study also includes energy efficiency measures in buildings, where Texas performs relatively well. However, the study gives utilities in Texas just one out of a potential 20 points for energy efficiency initiatives.
Further research examining the potential for energy efficiency has painted a much brighter picture for Texas’ future. According to an estimate by the Department of Energy, Texas has the most potential of any state to save energy. Predictions estimate Texas could save about 87.3 million megawatt hours (MWh) of energy by 2035 or cut its energy output by 19 percent if ambitious energy efficiency policies are pursued.