Home energy costs continue to present an overwhelming burden for more than 320,000 low- and moderate-income households. There is now a $450 million home energy affordability gap for Connecticut households with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, according to the Home Energy Affordability Gap: Connecticut (2017) report, which Operation Fuel released today during a news conference at the state capitol.
The affordability gap is the portion of their energy bills that more than 320,000 Connecticut households can’t afford to pay, not the entire amount that they owe. On average each household, with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, owes $1,404 more than they can afford to pay in annual energy bills. While the home energy affordability gap has been going up and down over the past few years, the number of households affected has remained consistent at more than 300,000.