LAFAYETTE, LA - A recent public opinion poll by Gallop says that 56% of Americans are now working from home because of the pandemic. For that very reason the electric bill for millions of Americans is skyrocketing.
Lafayette Utlities Systems Conservation Specialist Garrison Harrison offers his top three tips on how to keep your electric bill low.
"One, let's address those temperatures with the thermostat and raise them if we can. Two we want to see if we have adequate insulation. Just a third, if you have any incandescent lighting just change those over to led's." said Harrison
Harrison says these are easy fixes that will save you a lot of money.
Lafayette native Kenny Bell is a music producer. He says the pandemic forced him to buy new studio equipment for his home and now his utility bill is going up.
"Like a hundred dollars, like eighty-nine, ninety dollars a month, something like that. So, it's like at one-fifty, one seventy-nine something like that, that I have to pay." said Bell
Now that Bell's electric bill has doubled, he says he has started to sell candy in order to make up for the increase.
Now that summer is approaching residents are likely to turn up their air conditioning.
"Be mindful of your temperature. Of course, you know kids are running in and out of the house so if you're leaving the doors open for a long-time during summer of course all of that cool conditioned air inside of your home is going to escape through the doors." said Harrison.
You can also save money by sealing the windows and doors in your home.