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Blog Post | September 9, 2019

Listen up, 2020 candidates: Energy affordability is a major problem

As 2020 candidates craft their campaign platforms, new data show that energy affordability is a major problem in the United States. In fact, about one-fourth of all Americans and more than two-thirds of low-income households live with a high energy burden.

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Blog Post | May 16, 2019

Prepay: Saving electricity and money or going without?

As more utilities look at prepay plans, new research finds this option carries both benefits and potential risks. While it may put at risk the wellbeing of some customers trying to save money, it can also lower electricity use and garner customer satisfaction.

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Blog Post | April 9, 2019

Efficiency reduces energy burdens for low-income multifamily households

Energy efficiency programs save an average of more than $100 in utility bills for low-income households living in multifamily buildings, helping many of them pay their bills on time and avoid service disconnections, according to an ACEEE survey of 32 programs across the United States.

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Press Release | October 4, 2018

ACEEE 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

States up efficiency investments & power savings; push net-zero buildings & electric vehicles; NJ, CT, CO, SD improve most; MA and CA lead

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Blog Post | August 23, 2018

Energy efficiency helps rural households afford energy bills

In rural South Carolina, Maxine Stroman struggled to pay her energy bills. Her husband had recently died, leaving her the sole source of income for their two young children. “I had to make some choices on whether to pay my high energy bill or cut back on my grocery bill or cut back on other day-to-day necessities,” she said.

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Press Release | July 18, 2018

Rural Households Spend Much More of Their Income on Energy Bills than Others

Hardest-hit groups are low-income households and those in the East and Southeast; energy efficiency can help

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Blog Post | October 25, 2017

Low-income efficiency programs that work

Energy efficiency programs are especially important for low-income customers. Well-designed programs can help relieve the significant energy burdens faced by low-income families and also provide benefits like increased comfort and healthier homes. But getting these programs right takes careful planning.

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Blog Post | October 4, 2017

Energy efficiency can keep housing affordable for Maryland’s low-income families

Energy efficiency retrofits for entire homes and buildings can substantially reduce energy bills for low-income and multifamily residents. These upgrades can also keep families in their homes by helping them avoid eviction, get through storms, and live longer and healthier lives.

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Press Release | September 28, 2017

ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard: ID, FL, VA Three Most-Improved States, MA Still #1

Washington, DC—As more states struggle with extreme weather events, the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard gives state-level policymakers a road map for building stronger and more-resilient communities. This 11th annual report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), released today, shows which states are doing the best on energy efficiency — a critical tool for withstanding and recovering from storms and economic shocks.

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Blog Post | August 14, 2017

Here’s how Southeastern states can reduce the energy burden of low-income households

Southeastern residents currently face historically high poverty rates, and low-income households spend an average of three times as much on energy bills, as a portion of their monthly income, than other families. Energy efficiency investments could help lower energy bills, but low-income residents in the region often lack access to energy-saving upgrades.

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