Rural New England residents face burden of energy costs

A new report finds that rural New England households spend over ten percent of household income on energy bills.

The report released this month by American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy finds rural New England residents spend a median of 5.1 percent of household incomes on energy bills.

The advocacy’s report finds rural residents of New England, the mid-Atlantic and the East South Central regions face the highest burden. The report says one solution could be better access to affordable energy efficiency upgrades.

A quarter of rural low-income households in New England and the mid-Atlantic spent over 18 percent.

Manufactured homes spent the biggest chunk of their income on energy bills.


New England has long faced the nation’s highest electric rates.


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