This report examines heating-related energy consumption and expenditures among consumers age 65 and older based on income, heating fuel used, and geographic location. Analysis shows that winter heating costs are higher for older households heating with fuel oil than for those heating with natural gas or electricity. Winter heating costs are also a greater burden on older low-income households than on similarly aged higher-income households, even though low-income households tend to use less heating fuel than other groups. This report was updated in March 2012.
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