Before we know it, summer will be in full swing. For many families in Georgia trying to cool their homes, summer heat means high energy bills and tough choices. Families with low-to-moderate incomes living in energy inefficient homes may find themselves forced to choose between buying groceries and keeping the house cool, while some families will likely turn to high risk loans to pay their energy bills. Others may put their own health at risk by cutting back on necessary cooling in an effort to reduce their energy bills. Because low-income households face a much higher energy burden than their higher income counterparts, energy is a pressing equity issue across the state of Georgia.
On May 5, Energy Efficiency for All-Georgia and partners brought together members of the community and advocates in Columbus to discuss energy equity and learn ways to save money on energy bills and participate in energy assistance programs.