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That’s how much more Americans have been paying per month for their electric bills since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a study analyzing how an increase in remote work has impacted usage.

An economist from Tufts University found that residential electricity usage was up 10% when comparing monthly data from April through July with February—the last month before the pandemic-related shutdowns of offices around the country. After adjusting for weather conditions, the increase translates to $10.59 per month, according to his study, which was released Monday.

COVID-19 has shifted about one-third of the labor force to work from home, the study said. Commercial and industrial electricity use declined 12% and 14%, respectively, during the same time frame.

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Article Sources

  1. National Bureau of Economic Research. "Powering Work From Home." Page 7. Accessed Oct. 12, 2020.