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Study shows Connecticut has highest energy costs

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According to a new study by WalletHub, energy costs are the highest in Connecticut.

"Doesn't surprise me at all. I am always amazed at my huge electric bill that I get,” said Elise Carlton of South Windsor.

July tends to be the hottest month of the year, and staying cool will likely burn a hole through your wallet.

The new study by WalletHub shows Connecticut is 2015’s Most Energy Expensive State.

While some weren’t surprised by the news, they aren’t happy about it either.

"Oh, they're high...of course.  Everyone’s is,” said Sue Burnham of South Windsor.

The study compared the average monthly energy bills in each of the 50 states and found the state is ranked 48th in terms of the price of electricity, 49th for the price of home heating oil, and 50th for home heating oil consumption.

The average household spends more than $400 per month on energy, including $142 on electricity and $118 on motor fuel.

"You have to work really hard to pay the bills and stay in Connecticut and pay the taxes,” Burnham said.

Some towns and cities in Connecticut are doing all they can to save money on their electrical costs.

Right now, South Windsor is conducting an audit of all of the street lights in town, checking utility poles and logging data.

Officials said they believe their plan to convert the town’s street lights to LED bulbs would save $160,000 in the first year, and $5 million over 20 years.

"They have very low draw. They have an extraordinarily long life. They are very bright. There are a lot of things you can do as far as changing the patterns and colors,” said South Windsor Lt. Scott Custer.

As towns do their part to reduce costs, residents want to do the same in their own households.

"I don't know what needs to be done but something needs to be done,” Carlton added.

The South Windsor Town Council has already approved the project to switch to LED bulbs.

Officials said they hope to make the switch sometime next year.

To look at the full study, click here.

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