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Energy Burden and Inequality in the U.S.

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High utility bills burdened many American low-income families long before the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020. Since the pandemic, the wages of low-income households have continued to lag behind the increasing cost of energy. The rise in unemployment and inflation has also put a strain on many families facing the dilemma of paying for utility bills or buying food. Energy burden and inequality contribute to respiratory diseases and worsen economic problems of those who struggle to pay for their energy use.