Energy Insecurity is a Problem for 1/3rd of U.S. Population
By L.M. Sixel
HOUSTON (September 20, 2018) — Nearly one-third of U.S. households face energy insecurity at least once a year because they can’t afford to pay their bills or even turn on their heat or air conditioning. Millions more must choose between food and electricity every month.
The Energy Department studies household energy consumption patterns and found that in 2015, a year when household energy costs were the lowest in more than a decade, households across the nation struggled to pay for electricity, natural gas and other household fuels.
About 25 million households, or one in five, reported they went without or cut back on necessities like medicine and food at least once a year to pay their energy bills. About 7 million households face that decision nearly every month, according to the study.