During this time it’s incredibly important that we do not over consume precious resources such as electricity, food, fuel, and other commonly used resources.
Before Covid-19 residential consumers used 20% of electricity in the United States. While Industrial use was 32%, Transpiration use was 29%, and Commercial was 18%. It is projected that residential usage will spike considerably during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Many utilities are concerned that up to 40% of their employees could be out sick, quarantined, or at home to take care or sick family during this pandemic. Southern California Edison – has 8k of 13k employees working from home.
If the utility companies are seeing 40% of their workforce sick and/or quarantined already – we can expect to see the same or more for other types of industries.
Similar to the summer months, when Southern California has rolling blackout due to over consumption of electricity – we face the same types of strain on the grid during times like this. With families being quarantined and using electricity all day and night that isn’t typically consumed – residential consumers also run the risk of receiving extremely large power bills.
We have already seen how consumers have depleted stores online and within heavily populated communities of commonly used products. It’s important that we as a society take a step back and realize we need to make some changes. It’s vital that we take measures to limit our consumption of all consumables so that we are creating a more sustainable approach to this fluid situation.
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