20% of Americans couldn’t pay their energy bill in the last year


Nederland, Colorado resident Nick Emery clears mountains of snow from his driveway on March 14, 2021.

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It’s gearing up to be an expensive winter, especially for those grappling with rising heating costs.

In the last year, about 20% of Americans struggled to pay their energy bill in full at least once, according to a study by Help Advisor. At the same time, 18% kept their house at a temperature that was either unhealthy or unsafe.

Even more people went without necessities to make sure they could afford their utilities. More than 28% skipped a basic expense such as food or medicine to pay an energy bill in the last 12 months, according to the…


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