More power to you: electricity and people with physical disability

Publication

Related Project: Energy + Water

November 23, 2012

Title:
More power to you: electricity and people with physical disability
Author(s):
Hodge, Carolyn.
Publication Date:
26 Nov 2012
Publication Type:
Book/Report

More power to you: electricity and people with physical disability

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This research has highlighted that people with physical disability face four layers of disadvantage:More power to you - cover page

  1. Low incomes mean struggling to afford electricity; 
  2. Disability brings additional general costs (eg, wheelchairs, special food, medication); 
  3. Disability brings additional energy costs; and 
  4. Disability can inhibit people realising benefits from traditional energy efficiency measures.

This paper focuses on the third and fourth layers noted above and suggests some short and medium- term actions that can be taken in relation to energy policy so as to reduce the risks of disadvantage faced by people with physical disability.

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