An organization called Appalachian Voices compared how much money a family makes to how much they spend on electricity.
The average U.S. household spent 2.7% of family income on electricity and gas bills in 2012.
For residents of the Southeast, particularly those served by public power utilities, the energy cost burden can be much higher due to higher electricity rates, inefficient housing, and lower average incomes.
Southeastern residents served by rural electric cooperatives spent 3.3% of their average income on electricity costs alone, while those served by investor-owned utilities spent 2.8%.
Appalachian Voices says some low-income families in the southeast can pay as much as 20 percent of their income on power.
Google took that information and other studies and made a series of maps, like this one, that give us a better idea of who is paying how much for electricity.
A large part of our area that's served by Appalachian Power is in the middle of the pack.
The darker blue areas in West Virginia and North Carolina are where people are spending more than five percent of the money they make on power.