What to Do When You Can’t Pay Your Utility Bill

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September 21, 2021 - 10:42am

Critical Commentary

This brief article concisely summarizes available options for people and households in need of bill assistance. Prior to providing information on bill assistance, however, this article goes into an all-familiar step-by-step on how to change our household behaviors to reduce energy expenditure. While this is a good move and it is definitely needed in the United States, given we are a very wasteful country, it also places the burden of change on the consumer. With poor national average housing stock, energy would be wasted regardless of household behaviors. That said, recommendations should be made both to change household wasteful behaviors and to provide assistance at the financial level to pay utility bills and to make energy efficiency improvements.


Fay, B. (2021). "What to Do When You Can’t Pay Your Utility Bill." Debt.org. Retrieved from https://www.debt.org/advice/cant-pay-my-utility-bills/

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Anonymous, "What to Do When You Can’t Pay Your Utility Bill", contributed by Briana Leone, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 21 September 2021, accessed 1 March 2024. https://energyrights.info/content/what-do-when-you-can’t-pay-your-utility-bill