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A worrying aspect of energy poverty is that those who are most affected are often those who can least afford it. Socially disadvantaged groups, including older people and low-income families, face a growing gap when it comes to accessing basic energy sources. The conditions of houses and apartments with poor insulation or structural integrity increase heating costs.
The Hungarian state has taken measures to combat energy poverty, including subsidies for households in need. However, the effectiveness of these measures remains controversial, as some experts warn that the financial support is not enough to cover the basic needs of those affected.
Another factor contributing to the escalation of energy poverty is the increasing dependence on fossil fuels and wood, especially in the winter months. This not only leads to higher energy costs, but also contributes to serious health and environmental problems. The poor air quality in many households, caused by the increased use of coal and wood-based heating systems, exacerbates respiratory illnesses and other health risks.
In addition, the psychological stress caused by poverty is underestimated. Sleep deficits, concentration problems and difficulties at school or work lead to more difficult situations.
Baks. Hungary. 2023.