Where Work-From-Home Heating Costs Are The Highest

By Kathy Morris - Nov. 17, 2020

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Working from home can save you money in gas, food, clothing, and other expenses.

However, it can also rack up big utilities bills.

Many remote workers already got a big, unpleasant surprise at summer cooling costs. However, while August is the most expensive energy month of the year for most states, others know winter is coming… and with it heaping, winter heating costs.

We analyzed the data to find the states where WFH workers can expect to pay the most to heat their home offices this winter, and found some practical tips to stop breaking the bank.

Main Findings

  • Remote workers in Connecticut can expect to pay the most for overall energy costs
  • In 2nd and 3rd place are Alaska and Massachusetts
  • Where do winter energy costs hurt the wallet the least? New Mexico, California, and Arizona
  • Nation-wide oil-heating costs, electricity, and natural gas comes out to $181 a month
  • Since the average wage in the US is $19.33 an hour, that works out to 9 hours pre-tax spent working just to pay basic energy costs

States With Most Expensive Heating Costs

  1. Connecticut
  2. Alaska
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Delaware
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. New York
  8. New Jersey
  9. Maryland
  10. Virginia

Keep scrolling to see a table of where each state ranks, and their average monthly energy costs.

How We Determined This

The data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Energy Information Administration, curated from Wallethub.

Each state’s average monthly electricity cost, monthly natural-gas cost, and monthly home heating-oil cost was ranked- the higher the cost, the more expensive.

How To Save On Heating Costs

Want to avoid spending your hard earned savings on something as dull as a warm house? Here are some tips that might come in handy.

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  • Turn your thermostat down
  • Being mindful of what temperature the house is at, can add up. A few degrees might not make you more comfortable, but it can add substantially to your bill. Even 1 degree can add up over the winter season.

    With that being said, don’t keep your house uncomfortably cold– it can negatively impact your health, work, and mood.

  • Insulate your home
  • Small cracks, wide door gaps, and other inefficiencies make it harder to heat your home. Buying caulk and foam door gaps will help keep your home cozy– at a price you can afford. Similarly, while everyone loves a window, curtains can keep the warmth in and the chill out.

  • Avoid Unnecessary Electricity Use
  • Switch off lights and unplug rarely used appliances.

  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • One of the joys of working from home is choosing your own wardrobe. While basketball shorts and tank tops were fun in the summer, throw on some sweatpants this winter to save big. Or, you know, real pants. The point is, you are free to dress warmly.

It’s Getting Cold Out There

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t have to worry about Work From Home raising your bills.

However, we live far from an ideal world. While you might be successful in negotiating for ink costs or a new desk chair, chances are energy reimbursements aren’t likely to happen this year for most remote workers.

Most employers simply haven’t accounted for it in the budget and are still paying for large (even if unused) office space.

However, if your remote gig becomes permanent, that might be the time to add up those hefty energy bills and see how much money you should negotiate for.

Of course, in the meantime, many workers, especially those in the North East are stuck paying the bill or getting metaphorical icicles on their laptop.

Heating Costs By State- Oil, Natural Gas, And Electric

Rank State Monthly Electricity Cost Monthly Natural-Gas Cost Monthly Home Heating-Oil Cost
1 Connecticut $169 $45 $80
2 Alaska $142 $67 $39
3 Massachusetts $140 $65 $57
4 Rhode Island $130 $65 $70
5 Delaware $148 $35 $13
6 Pennsylvania $129 $47 $29
7 New York $110 $68 $31
7 New Jersey $118 $58 $15
9 Maryland $142 $39 $13
10 Virginia $150 $28 $6
11 West Virginia $148 $29 $4
12 New Hampshire $144 $20 $88
13 Ohio $122 $49 $3
14 Georgia $154 $42 $0
15 Minnesota $115 $47 $3
15 South Dakota $142 $27 $4
17 Missouri $148 $41 $0
17 Michigan $116 $57 $1
19 Indiana $138 $41 $1
20 Kansas $140 $51 $0
20 Wisconsin $112 $41 $4
22 North Dakota $139 $24 $5
22 Iowa $120 $42 $1
24 South Carolina $174 $18 $0
25 Alabama $180 $24 $0
26 Maine $123 $8 $102
27 North Carolina $145 $19 $2
27 Tennessee $154 $23 $0
29 Vermont $123 $18 $70
29 Illinois $104 $62 $0
31 Kentucky $142 $26 $0
31 Nebraska $123 $40 $0
33 Wyoming $112 $41 $1
34 Oklahoma $140 $35 $0
34 Nevada $123 $30 $0
36 Utah $88 $53 $0
36 Montana $112 $33 $2
38 Arkansas $137 $30 $0
39 Idaho $115 $26 $2
40 Mississippi $162 $19 $0
41 Texas $154 $23 $0
42 Florida $158 $4 $0
43 Louisiana $148 $21 $0
44 Washington $103 $26 $2
45 Hawaii $161 $5 $0
46 Oregon $109 $24 $1
47 Colorado $92 $39 $0
48 Arizona $146 $18 $0
49 California $108 $34 $0
50 New Mexico $93 $29 $0

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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