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The High Cost of Energy in Rural America: Household Energy Burdens and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency

Executive Summary

In this report we examine residential energy affordability in rural and small-town America. We analyze how rural household energy burdens—the percentage of household income spent on energy bills—vary across regions and among specific groups. Overall, Americans living in rural areas spend a disproportionally high share of their income on energy bills. Rural households have a median energy burden of 4.4%, compared to the national burden of 3.3%. Rural low-income households are even worse off, shouldering a median energy burden almost three times greater than the burden faced by their higher-income counterparts. Other rural residents hit particularly hard include the elderly, nonwhite, and renting households, and those living in multifamily or manufactured homes.

Author/Org: 
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Energy Efficiency for All
Year: 
2018
Resource File: 
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PDF icon Rural Energy burden report.pdf2.63 MB
Categories: 
Energy Equity
Tags: 
Efficiency Potential
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