Since many people are changing their behavior during COVID-19 to reduce their energy consumption, the article opens by stating that the combination of colder weather and COVID-19 will require people to warm their homes while using less energy. As many other articles here state, energy consumption during COVID-19 has decreased, and many are finding themselves unable to pay their utility bills. To make matters worse, many moritoriums are coming to an end while the temperatures get colder.
The article says that the best way to keep your energy costs low is to weatherize your home. Whether articles similar to this one will lead to increased rates of weatherization is dubious, but interesting to document greater coverage of weatherization practices. However, weatherization practices are expensive. As such, the article points to programs that allow you to weatherize households cheaply, if not for free. The article also points out power company offered programs, such as PECO’s $25 energy audit that can find areas to save money in your home. The article then lists basic measures you can take to save energy: block any air gaps, add insulation, turn the heat down to 68, and don’t replace your windows. An in depth study onto changes in conservation and rates of weatherization during COVID-19 could yield fascinating results.
Anonymous, "How to lower your energy bills", contributed by Alison Kenner and Andrew Rosenthal, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 18 December 2020, accessed 29 November 2022. https://energyrights.info/content/how-lower-your-energy-bills