Archive for December, 2011
Hartford, Conn. — There continues to be a significant gap between what Connecticut’s lower income households pay for energy bills and what they actually can afford. According to the Home Energy Affordability Gap: Connecticut (2011) Report, which was released on Thursday by Operation Fuel during a news conference at the state capitol, the problem is increasingly affecting more and more households with moderate incomes.
Connecticut’s annual home energy affordability gap is now $505 million. Lower-income families and senior citizens currently face a home energy affordability gap – the difference between what households can afford to pay and what they actually owe for their annual energy bills – of nearly $2,200 per household. In 2010, the state’s annual energy affordability gap was $480 million or about $2,000 per household.
“It’s extremely distressing that Connecticut’s lower income households are continuing to lose ground in their efforts to keep up with their energy bills,” said Operation Fuel Executive Director, Patricia Wrice. “We continue to see more moderate income households that need emergency energy assistance.”