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TODAY IN ENERGY: One in three U.S. households faces a challenge in meeting energy needs

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TODAY IN ENERGY: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

One in three U.S. households faces a challenge in meeting energy needs

Nearly one-third of U.S. households (31%) reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling in their homes in 2015. According to the most recent results from EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), about one in five households reported reducing or forgoing necessities such as food and medicine to pay an energy bill, and 14% reported receiving a disconnection notice for energy service. Households may also use less energy than they would prefer; 11% of households surveyed reported keeping their home at an unhealthy or unsafe temperature.

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