[Blog] Worried about high energy bills, some Canadians risk discomfort, illness and even death

Das, Runa and Martiskainen, Mari (2022) [Blog] Worried about high energy bills, some Canadians risk discomfort, illness and even death. The Conversation.

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Almost one in 10 Canadian households spend more than 10 per cent of their income to heat and cool their homes, keep the lights on and to store or cook food. For these households, the high cost of energy, which includes electricity, natural gas, heating oil and propane, means they may ration their use, leading them to live in energy poverty.

Energy, in its many forms, has a vital role in people’s lives. It can provide entertainment, nourishment and the ability to work, but it also supplies critical services, such as heating or cooling.

Extreme weather events, like the 2021 heat dome in Western Canada, are expected to increase in frequency in the future and will amplify the need for these critical energy services. A household’s high energy burden could be a risk to the lives of everyone in that home.

Our research shows that some households in Canada spend up to 16 per cent of their household budget on energy — almost five times more than those who do not live in energy poverty. It strongly suggests that many households in Canada are struggling to meet their basic energy needs.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: energy poverty, fuel poverty, Canada
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2022 14:16
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2022 17:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/107165

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