The average US household pays $1,411.80 for electricity each year.1
- 2.2% of the median household income in the US.
- 5.5% of the income of a family of four who live at the poverty level
- 11.7% of the income an individual over 65 who lives at the poverty level2
This is also known as a household’s energy burden. The average energy burden for low-income households is 8.2%.3
Energy burden increases for those who:
- Live in older, draftier homes
- Have older, less efficient appliances
- Rent instead of own their home
This means inefficiency costs low-income households more.
Average cost of utilities per square foot4
- Low-income households: $1.41
- Non-low-income households: $1.17
More than 38 million people in the US live at or below the poverty line, and 30% of Americans live in low-income households.5
Efficiency improvements such as insulation, lighting, and appliances can make a big impact.
13% to 31% potential electricity savings from efficiency improvements in low-income households.6
This means big savings that last.
Weatherization and efficiency upgrades saved households on average $283 every year.
Compare the energy burden for people in your area to other communities, your state, or the country with DOE’s Low-Income Energy Affordability Data Tool www.energy.gov/eere/slsc/maps/lead-tool.