Energy Needs Stats
Consider these costs for low-income households at or below 60% state median levels*:
- 25% used medical equipment that requires electricity.
- 49% did not pay (or paid less) than their entire home energy bill.
- 25% reported someone getting sick in the home, because the home was too cold.
- 92% had at least one vulnerable household member.
- 30% went without food for at least one day.
- 36% were unemployed at some point during the previous year.
- 3% moved into a shelter or were homeless.
*LIHEAP Recipients. National Energy Assistance Director’s Association; 2009 National Energy Assistance Survey. April 2010.
Low-income households and electricity costs*:
On average, low-income households spend as much as 15-20% (16.4% average) on residential energy services, while an average household spends just 7.2% – due to poor energy efficient solutions for low-income households and inadequate consumer education.
Solar is largely out of reach for low-income families due to steep upfront costs and financing issues. If donated, solar energy installation would directly translate into a family’s ability to better cover other basic needs, including food, housing costs, education, and medical expenses. This means that low-income families are not only unable to cover their electric bill but also, they are incurring unnecessary and avoidable electricity costs. See also Energy Literacy at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/pdfs/energy_literacy_1_1_low_res.pdf
*Community Power Network, August 2014 – www.communitypowernetwork.com
Providing a solar energy system for a low-income family is a huge benefit and provides a solution to many issues related to their energy usage and needs. Donating solar directly translates into a family’s ability to better cover their basic needs, including food, housing costs, education, and medical expenses! Please consider partnering with Light For All today.