- Burden, or energy burden, represents the portion of household income needed to meet projected winter heating costs. For purposes of the table above burden is estimated by dividing the median income for each income group in Table 1 by the average projected fuel cost for each income group.
- For a detailed explanation of the LIHEAP Program see: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program: A Critical Resource for Low-Income Households, http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/consume/fs138_liheap.pdf
- J. Fahey, Home Heating Assistance at Record High, Associated Press. February 9, 2011.