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With Spring In Full Swing, Bridging The Energy Affordability Gap

Lea Anne Shellberg talks on the phone in her home in Fort Collins, Colorado. A single mother who is disabled because of a work injury, Shellberg often struggles to pay her utilities on her fixed income. On this day, her mother, whom Shellberg cared for at home for many years before moving into a nursing home, was ill, and Shellberg made several calls to the nursing home and other family members, trying to find out what was wrong. (Andrew Cullen/Inside Energy)
Lea Anne Shellberg talks on the phone in her home in Fort Collins, Colorado. A single mother who is disabled because of a work injury, Shellberg often struggles to pay her utilities on her fixed income. On this day, her mother, whom Shellberg cared for at home for many years before moving into a nursing home, was ill, and Shellberg made several calls to the nursing home and other family members, trying to find out what was wrong. (Andrew Cullen/Inside Energy)

People who live around the poverty line – $23,850 dollars a year for a family of four these days – pay more than they can afford to heat and light their homes. That means energy bills force hard decisions in other areas. And spring, when power bills from the winter start piling up, can be a desperate time.

Dan Boyce from Here & Now contributor Inside Energy has our story.

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