Nearly one in three households in the United States struggle to pay their energy bills, often going without other basic necessities just to make payments. But as energy costs are projected to keep increasing through 2020, how are these families going to keep up?
Far from only a financial strain on the individual, the increasing rates for necessary energy also put pressure on the economy and the environment. Options for “going green” combat both of these issues, but for many households the initial cost of solar panel systems remain unrealistic. Yet even as costs grow, many families have overlooked simple way to save from unplugging unused appliances to switching from incandescent bulbs to LED lights. Even small tweaks to at-home energy usage can mean a big difference after a year of energy bills, saving hundreds of dollars in the process.
Take a look at this infographic for more on the increasing costs of electricity, how its affecting the economy, the environment, and what you can do to take control of your energy bills.