Afternoon TEA: Tough Choices

Did you know?

American household budgets are taking a major hit during the Coronavirus crisis. But, even when we aren’t in the midst of such a massive crisis, 78 percent of American households live paycheck to paycheck ā€“ forcing them to make tough budgeting decisions all too often.

Studies have shown that in order to pay their energy costs, 36 percent of low-income households have gone without food for at least a day and 31 percent didn’t fill a prescription or took less than their full dose.

Those are tough choices to make. That’s why we need to make sure energy options like abundant and low-cost natural gas continue to be an option for households trying to make ends meet.

If you’re facing tough choices right now, check out the links below for some advice and information while we get through these challenging times.

Key Coronavirus News and Information

USA Today: How utility, phone and internet companies are giving consumers a break during coronavirus pandemic

USA Today: Can’t make a credit card or mortgage payment? Here’s how to ask for help

CNBC: Here are 8 steps to take if you can’t make ends meet because of the coronavirus

Credit Sesame: Companies Providing Financial Relief During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

E&E News: Coronavirus and the U.S. grid: What to know

NBC Bay Area: CPUC: Certain Services Won’t Be Shut Off Due to Inability to Pay

The Dominion Post: Dominion Energy puts moratorium on shut- will reconnect those previously disconnected

Tampa Bay Times: Coronavirus Florida: Duke Energy, TECO will not shut off power for unpaid bills

Cal Matters: Can’t pay your power bill? Don’t worry, you’re safe for now as California utilities suspend shutoffs

Politico: New Jersey, New York suspending utility shut-offs amid coronavirus pandemic

NPR Michigan: Consumers and DTE to suspend shutoffs to seniors; low-income households in wake of coronavirus

Columbus Dispatch: Utilities suspend disconnections during coronavirus outbreak