ACEEE and the Energy Efficiency for All coalition released a report this week examining residential energy affordability in rural and small-town America and identify energy efficiency as an underutilized strategy that can help reduce energy burdens by as much as 25%.

They analyzed how rural energy burdens―the percentage of household income spent on energy bills―vary across regions and among specific groups. They find that low-income, nonwhite, elderly, and renter households, as well as residents of multifamily and manufactured housing, spend a greater proportion of their income on utilities than the average family.

The report concludes by describing policies and programs to ramp up energy efficiency investments in rural and small-town communities.

For more information and to download the report

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