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Heat rises: The Growing Burden of Residential Heating Costs on Massachusetts Households


This study finds that based on average consumption in recent years and the most recent federal energy price forecasts, Massachusetts household spending on home heating oil and natural gas heat can be expected to increase by $927.2 million in 2008 and an additional $469.85 million in 2009, a 2-year total increase of $1.397 billion. The report suggests that low-income households that heat with oil will be the most severely affected by rising heating costs. The authors conservatively estimate that at least 163,224 Massachusetts households will struggle to pay their heating oil bills in 2009. Homeowners living in single family homes represent over 80 percent of households identified as cost burdened by the analys