Study provides deeper insights on the health impacts of utility shutoffs

Energy News Network | Written by Lisa Prevost

Connecticut residents who struggle to pay their energy bills often suffer from physical and mental health issues as a result. 

That is one of many findings in a new study of energy insecurity based on interviews with 22 residents of varying ages and races from around the state. The study was a joint undertaking by the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of the Environment, Vermont Law and Graduate School, and Operation Fuel, an energy-assistance nonprofit. 

“Energy insecurity is a health issue. That’s an important point because that’s not often how it’s understood. It’s usually thought of as an economic or energy issue. But it also affects people’s health.”

Laura Bozzi, director of programs at the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health