Working from home? Get ready for higher utility bills
While most Americans havesince the pandemic started, spending in one area is surging: electricity, internet and phone bills for millions of people who are working from home.
For Sarah Coryell, a college lecturer in Madison, Wisconsin, her former habit of two hours of daily internet usage has ballooned into as many as 10 when she moved to full-time teaching from home in mid-March. Hunkered down at home and leaving only to buy groceries, her electricity bill nearly doubled.
“We’re here all the time, we have the lights on, everything’s plugged in — we’re just using more,” said Coryell, 27. “The shutdown and working from home has probably cost us several hundred dollars.”