West Virginia is a state that is high in the ownership of family homes, but many of those homes are not energy efficient.

While the state is a national leader in coal and energy production, it falls short when comes to energy efficiency efforts, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Their study ranked West Virginia 46th among the 50 states and in a 2013 Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which scores the states based on categories from utilities to appliance standards to state government-led initiatives.

WalletHub recently ranked West Virginia as the seventh-most energy expensive state, but those rankings aren't necessarily linked to costs.

Although electric costs could rise dramatically with proposed rate increases to the WV-PSC.

The energy study indicates that state residents consume a lot of electricity resulting in higher electric bills than residents need to pay because their dwellings are not energy efficient.

The results of the study indicate the problem is linked to state residents having one of the lowest incomes in the US.

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