29a.) Has COVID-19 changed the way your household divides or pays for utiltiy bills?





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Created Date

February 1, 2021 - 4:00pm

Contributed date

February 1, 2021 - 5:56pm

Critical Commentary

The image here shown represents a snapshot of the results for Question 29a on The Energy Vulnerability Survey administered between April 2020 and July 2020. The structured responses prepared by the research group were as follow: 

  1. Yes, it has changed because of COVID-19.
  2. Yes, it has changed because of something unrelated to COVID-19.
  3. No, nothing has changed. 
  4. I don’t know
  5. Other:

This question documents a change in water bills for those respondents who did pay for or directly saw their water bills. For the students of the sample and the people who lived with flatmates, bills changes as the household composition was rearranged, for example, if a housemate left the dwelling. One respondent noted they weren't paying their water bills because of COVID-19. Other than the commentary on ways in which COVID-19 has impacted households' abilities to pay bills, this question also had undertones of household composition as influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and as influencing energy dimensions of the home. 

The most common response was no, with 78 answers. Followed in a distant second was yes due to COVID-19, with 5. 2 people did not know and 1 person had not received a bill yet.

The data was produced by the “Shifting Energy Demands in COVID-19” survey, which was administered to 80 people over a six week period in May-June 2020. To learn more about the project visit, xxx. The project is approved by Drexel’s IRB.


"Shifting Energy Demands During COVID-19". July 2020.



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Andrew Rosenthal, 1 February 2021, "29a.) Has COVID-19 changed the way your household divides or pays for utiltiy bills?", contributed by Andrew Rosenthal, Briana Leone and Alison Kenner, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 9 March 2021, accessed 19 April 2024. https://energyrights.info/content/29a-has-covid-19-changed-way-your-household-divides-or-pays-utiltiy-bills