Local power company offers advice on saving your pockets during COVID-19 pandemic


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many residents may see an increase in their electricity bill and it could be that way for the next few months.

If it is, there is a way you can keep track of your usage to keep that bill down.

“We have online of course. There are smart apps on android and iPhone, you just download those and you can look at the usage on a daily,” Wiregrass Electric Chief Operating Officer Brad Kimbro said.

Due to all of the precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some jobs and schools are closed. You may find yourself spending a lot of time contributing to electricity such as working from home, children playing gaming consoles for hours, or maybe leaving lights on all over the house.

“Most of the devices if they are plugged in they are still using power like televisions. Just take the charger out the wall it’s a small thing but it can add up,” Kimbro said.

Also, other normal routine things can add to the price such as cooking and washing clothes frequently.

Although habits may be hard to break while you’re at home self quarantining, if you want to prevent that bill there are some things you can do.

“Keep that thermostat under control because that’s a big drive. Another thing, kids open the fridge probably more than normal now and tend to stand there and look in it. Know what you’re going to get,” Kimbro said.

Kimbro says Wiregrass Electric Company is wide open during the pandemic in case there are any electrical problems. In addition, if there are any problems with customers making payments, pick up and call the company as they will try to work with you during this difficult time.

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