Help available for families behind on utility bills

For many families, the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough. Many people were laid off, while others changed careers due to unforeseen circumstances caused by a changing economy. As a result, many families have fallen behind on their utility bills.

Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the help that is available for families. Continue reading

Ohio legislature passes broadband expansion after multiple attempts

The definition of infrastructure has broadened as new technologies have been introduced over the years. Broadband is a fairly new technology that was proven necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, but remains inaccessible to many Americans.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Senior Outreach and Educational Specialist Andrew Tinkham joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss legislation to hold utility companies accountable for taking advantage of consumers. He also updated listeners on the progress of broadband expansion funding in Ohio. Continue reading

Texas blackouts cause states to analyze their own power plans

While most states regulate their power grid and connect into the U.S. grid, states such as Texas have suffered catastrophic consequences in the name of deregulation, which which caused many in the state to suffer physical and financial hardship.

Ohio has done well to ensure residents have reliable power in the event of a bad storm. Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist Andrew Tinkham appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast and explained why Texans suffered following the storm. He also discussed Ohio’s energy sectors and the current happenings within it. Continue reading

Consumers encouraged to participate in National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection Week is slated for Feb. 28 through March 6. Consumers will be presented with a variety of programming to help protect them from any scams or issues.

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) Public Relations Director Andrew Tinkham discussed why National Consumer Protection Week was created and previewed some of the programming on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Ohio Consumers Counsel recommends energy saving strategies for consumers to implement during the Winter.

Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist for Ohio Consumers Counsel spoke with America’s Work Force Union Podcast about Ohio House Bill 772 repealing and replacing Ohio House Bill 6 and consumers preparing their houses for the Winter.

Ohio House Bill 772

With the amount of controversy surrounding Ohio House Bill 6, Ohio legislators are working to pass Ohio House Bill 772 which would effectively repeal and replace H.B. 6. OH H.B. 772 would offer Ohio consumers billions of dollars in savings. The focus of Ohio H.B. 6 was to provide government subsidies to the owners of two nuclear plants to maintain operations.

Tinkham said that with the criminal activity that surrounded H.B. 6, they would need to push harder to pass the legislation to repeal and replace it. H.B. 772 would better help Ohio consumers and help fix the issues that plagued H.B. 6. They have until the end of 2020 to pass the bill.

Saving Energy

With Winter quickly approaching, Tinkham offered listeners tips on how to save money with some energy saving tips. He first said that insulation would help homeowners save money. However, with the expensive cost of insulation, he recommended other methods. 

On a monthly basis, change your furnace’s filter and keep it serviced. The cleaner the filter, the more efficiently it will operate. Tinkham also mentioned sealing your windows in order to keep heat from escaping.


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