Home energy costs continue to present a tremendous financial burden for Connecticut’s lower-income households, according to the Home Energy Affordability Gap: Connecticut (2012) report, which was released on Thursday by Operation Fuel during a news conference at the state capitol.
The report addresses the ongoing energy affordability crisis facing Connecticut’s low and moderate-income families and senior citizens. “There continues to be a significant gap between what lower income households pay for energy bills and what they actually can afford,” explained Patricia Wrice, Operation Fuel’s executive director.
The annual home energy affordability gap for Connecticut households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level was nearly $662 million during 2012. This averages out to a home energy affordability gap of about $2,304 per household, which is the difference between what households can afford to pay and what they actually owe for their annual energy bills.