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What is Energy Poverty?
Energy Poverty is recognized as a person or family that is spending greater than 10% of their income on energy expenses. Compared to middle- and upper-income households that spend 5 percent or less of their total household income on energy purchases, US low-income householders spend 10 percent or more of their income on energy expenses. The burden is even greater among the very poor, who are likely to spend an upwards of 20 percent on energy purchases.
Almost 1.5 million North Carolinians were in need of Energy Assistance in the last year.*
The Southeast region, while having among the lowest average comparative energy prices, also had the highest average metropolitan energy burdens. **
It is important to recognize that factors beyond prices—such as lower incomes and inefficient housing stock—contribute to high energy bills. **
Energy efficiency and energy conservation investments lower energy bills, which reduces energy burden, eases economic and social stresses, and provides families with more disposable income that can be spent on other necessities beyond energy (e.g., medicine, food, transportation) (Tonn et al. 2014).