Associated Press: Report: One Third of Households Struggle to pay energy bills

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by Cathy Bussewitz

NEW YORK (AP) — One in five U.S. households went without food, medicine or other necessities to pay their electricity or gas bills.

The Energy Information Administration said Wednesday nearly a third of households had trouble paying their energy bills. The group says the problem is mainly impacting racial minorities and low-income households with children.

At the same time that people were reporting these problems, overall energy-related spending was at its lowest point in more than a decade.

Tracey Capers of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation says it’s not surprising because communities of color face the highest burdens. Her organization works in low-income communities to weatherize homes and help reduce electricity bills.

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