A report released by Sense has revealed that home energy usage increased dramatically throughout all of 2020. Of course, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise — with the quarantine and lockdown protocols ensuring most people stayed at home during this time, the average amount of energy used increased by 9.3%. This translated to an overall average increase of $127 by the end of the year, with the highest increase taking place during the spring and summer months. U.S. customers overall paid an increase of $1.21 billion, but this added cost was not distributed evenly across the country. Five states in particular saw the highest increase in rates, with residents in New York and Massachusetts facing an increase three times that of Florida. As the pandemic spread throughout the country, demand for electricity continued to rise up to 22%. In addition to the pandemic, wildfires and heatwaves led to far more overall utility spending. If you’re looking for ways to cut back on energy costs, smart home technology can help. Here’s how. Smart LEDs work on schedules and use less power People spent a lot more time at home in 2020 than before. This meant a lot more time… Read full this story
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