CityLab Daily: Why White Households Pay Less in Utilities

What We’re Following

Utilities not included: It is well established that the lower a family’s income, the more of that family’s earnings will pay for utilities. But the effects of that cost burden go beyond class. According to a new study, residents of poor, mostly white neighborhoods are less energy cost-burdened than predominately minority neighborhoods of similar economic status.

In short, race matters. But housing policy also makes the problem worse, as federal subsidies don’t encourage much in the way of energy efficiency. CityLab’s Brentin Mock has the details: Neighborhoods With More People of Color Pay Higher Energy Bills

Andrew Small


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