utility bills

The Long Hot Summer

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Savings | Public Policy InstituteThe arrival of summer brings warmer temperatures and more hours of daylight. While some folks are happy to pack away their sweaters and say goodbye to high utility bills resulting from winter heating season, the arrival of summer cooling season heralds a spike in electric bills for others. Expenditures on electricity constitute the largest portion of utility expenditures for older consumers and the cost of running air conditioning in summer is a major contributing factor. Because exposure to extreme temperatures …

Who Pays Some of the Highest Gas and Electric Bills?

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMeet Paula Wood from Alabama. Retired, once married – now single, supporting herself on Social Security alone, Paula must make sacrifices to make ends meet. But, her electric bills have skyrocketed from $50 to $300 a month in six years. Paula has cut her budget in every possible way. She says, “I also have bronchial asthma, so I have to use power to be able to maintain breathing… If I didn’t have to eat and I didn’t have to breathe, …

Slaying the “Energy Vampires”

Posted on 02/7/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthAs AARP’s Sustainability Manager, Pam Evans has led the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. She’s passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations. There’s the obvious ways we’ve all heard about to reduce our home energy bills, like turning off the lights when we leave a room, using a programmable thermostat, …