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20 Percent Of Vermonters Are 'Fuel Poor,' New Study Shows

A new study from the Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment says that one in five Vermonters is "fuel poor," meaning that a household spends more than 10 percent of their income on energy expenditures.

With temperatures expected to dip below zero tomorrow, some might be tempted to crank up the thermostat a notch or two. But for many Vermonters, that small adjustment is a big financial burden.

A new study from the Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and the Environment says one in five Vermonters spends too much on energy. It’s called “fuel poverty," and Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, co-author of the study, spoke with VPR about the social and public health implications of the problem. 

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