New federal programs could ease high home heating bills

Row of brownstones with grey sky and snow
Photo: Zach Korb / CC BY-NC 2.0

Twenty percent of American households had to choose between basic necessities and heating or cooling their homes in 2020. Research shows that energy insecurity disproportionately affects low-income, as well as Native American, Black, and Hispanic households. But two new federal programs aim to address these inequities by providing $9 billion in rebates for residential energy-efficiency upgrades and cost-saving electric appliances.