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.”

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