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Spring 2023


Home utility bills can add as much as 25% more to your housing costs each month (“Utilities Often a Forgotten Cost” 2016). The cheapest r ent or house cost does not automatically mean it will stay the cheapest, after utilities costs are added on. In Cincinnati, energy costs are higher than the national average, and that burden is felt the most by low-income households. Energy burden is the proportion of a household’s annual income spent on utilities, and Cincinnati’s median energy burden is 4.34%, 9th highest in the US (Webb and Moore 2020). Cincinnati’s energy burden is distributed unevenly with some areas as low as 0.6% while the highest area is 19.7% (Webb and Moore 2020). With data from 2023, we see that the highest energy burden is now over 20% in Cincinnati (“Green Cincinnati Plan 2023” 2023). This energy burden has many origins and will take many different actions to correct it, but two factors contributing to this burden are low incomes and poor tree canopy coverage. Both problems can be addressed through a job guarantee.

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Student Papers in Local and Global Regional Economies

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