Entering December, EH Fellow Diana Hernández’s emerging research on energy insecurity and the connection between household utilities’ affects on hardship and health becomes more pressing.
“The physiological, behavioral, and psychological effects of what it’s like to struggle for sufficient household energy aren’t as well recognized by poverty researchers. ‘This expense and experience has largely been ignored, to the detriment of families dealing with this crisis every day'” – City Lab
“Energy insecurity is more of a ‘hidden hardship’ compared to, say, lack of food. But access to reliable energy is ‘a source of anchoring that allows people to carry out a healthy life at home.'” – WBUR