How to Deal With Skyrocketing Utility Bills in the Time of COVID-19

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During this time of great public want, it is almost imperative for everyone to start tightening their belts to save more of whatever money or income is still trickling in at this point. However, despite your best efforts to cook your own meals instead of ordering out or actively avoiding online shopping platforms, you might have noticed that your aggregate monthly spending is pretty much still at the same level pre-pandemic.

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Well, the culprit might be your skyrocketing utility bills. With strict orders to stay at home and only go out for essential errands, you are more likely to be spending more time at home than you’ve done in the past decades. This means your power consumption must be shooting through the roof. Worse, everyone else who shares your power grid is likewise consuming power at a rate higher than usual. This puts strange pressure on the grid, causing further spikes in your power bill.

So how can one mitigate the rise of utility bills, and save money around the house? Well, here are a few things you can do:

  • Switch to an all-LED light set up

LED bulbs are beneficial both for the planet and for your pocket. Installing these low-consumption bulbs should help reduce your bills, while being better for the planet, too. You can use these bulbs both for your home and office set-ups, which is likely to be experiencing high utility bills around this time as well.

If you could, invest in motion sensor LED lighting that automatically turns off when the room has been inactive for quite some time. This will help lower your consumption significantly, without having to nag all of your housemates or officemates to switch the lights off behind them.

  • Use large appliances in the dead of nigh

There is really a good time to use those big appliances like washing machines and dishwashers — and that’s the dead of the night. As mentioned earlier, utility companies charge more for peak time usage. So the worst time to run these high-consumption appliances is during the day, when you know most other people in your grid are up and consuming huge energy, too. Additionally, appliances can run better at night without the need to employ cooling systems, which only stand to consume more energy than necessary.

  • Consider going solar

As https://www.choosesolar.com points out, you can get guaranteed discounts for your residential and commercial power bills by taking advantage of solar power rebates.

But if all of us are tightening our belts in the meantime, where can one get the money to buy solar panels and have them installed at home? Well, the answer is that you don’t have to.

In recent years, quite a lot of shared solar farms have opened up operations in the U.S. Also called community farms, these power-generating sites harness solar power in a vast land somewhere remote and deliver the generated power to nearby households. If you can subscribe to one, then you don’t even need to install solar panels at home or in your business just to be able to enjoy solar energy.

You won’t even be receiving a separate bill for the solar power you’ll be using. The rebates will simply reflect on your billing with your main power supplier. It’s really a cost-effective and virtually hassle-free way to enjoy clean energy for your residential needs or business operations.

This way, you won’t even have to pay for maintenance or repair costs, which will all be born by the power company as an instance of your subscription. If you will use your own solar panels, you can expect that you will solely bear any costs related to its operation, thereby effectively offsetting whatever financial benefits you may have gained from going solar.

COVID-19 is tough for all of us financially, but sometimes you just have to be ingenious in finding ways to keep your head above water. Now, you can start by lowering your utility bills.

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