Unaffordable Energy in Durham

April 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

A national report released last week says that of Durham’s 24,000 most economically vulnerable households, energy bills ranged from 10% up to a staggering 67% of household income.

Fisher, Sheehan & Colton prepare an annual report, The Home Energy Affordability Gap, documenting the energy burden for low income households across the country. Housing analysts consider energy bills in excess of 6% of household income an unaffordable burden. As the table below shows, many of our neighbors are struggling with energy bills much higher than that:

Number of Households

In Durham County

Energy Bills as % of Household Income
Less than 50% Federal Poverty Level 6,547 67.0%
50% – 74% of Federal Poverty Level 2,541 26.8%
75% – 99% of Federal Poverty Level 2,810 19.1%
100% – 124% of Federal Poverty Level 3,436 14.9%
125% – 149% of Federal Poverty Level 3,874 12.2%
150% – 185% of Federal Poverty Level 4,888 10.0%

Operation Breakthrough provides households in Durham with income up to 200% of the federal poverty with free home weatherization assistance, which significantly reduces energy bills. You’re eligible if your household income is below these levels:

$21,660 for family of 1                      $51,580 for family of 5

$29,140 for family of 2                      $59,060 for family of 6

$36,620 for family of 3                      $66,540 for family of 7

$44,100 for family of 4                      $74,020 for family of 8

To find out whether you qualify, call Operation Breakthrough at 688-8111, ext. 270.

Clean Energy Durham supplements Operation Breakthrough’s work by training neighborhood volunteers to continue working neighbor to neighbor on teaching no-cost and low-cost ways to save energy. Any neighborhood in Durham is eligible for Clean Energy Durham’s free technical assistance.

Entry filed under: Energy Tips, Neighborhoods.

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