Utility Usage During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andrew Tinkham, Senior Outreach and Education Program Specialist with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) spoke with America’s Work Force on April 13 about utility usage during the ongoing pandemic.

OCC Ohio Consumers Counsel Dan DoronTinkham first spoke about how the Public Utilities Commision of Ohio (PUCO) suspended all door-to-door marketing and sales to help prevent the spread and reduce the risk of exposing people to the COVID-19 virus. With that, he also explained that in-person meter readings have been halted until further notice. Tinkham then discussed how the OCC will be accepting payment plans on utilities, providing financial relief for consumers. With the COVID-19 virus affecting businesses, many people have been laid off and are struggling to pay all of their bills. The OCC is working on different payment plans for people during these tough times in hopes that it helps them keep their utilities on while they are out of work. Lastly, he explained that utility scammers are out in full force right now. They have tried to get people to sign up for bogus utility contracts with enticing prices during the pandemic.

Tony Liberatore Laborers 860Tony Liberatore Jr., Business Director and Secretary-Treasurer for Laborers Local 860 spoke about how his members are keeping safe during the pandemic. He explained that the workers are doing their best to practice the recommended safety behavior on worksites by remaining six feet away from each other, washing their hands frequently and staying home if they are feeling ill. However, on construction sites there are tasks that require teamwork and close interaction. Liberatore said that the workers are wearing masks, gloves and using other forms of personal protective equipment. Finally, he talked about the Laborers Local 860 annual Orange Barrel campaign. This is a safety campaign to educate people on driving safely through work zones.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about airline flight attendants who are scared to continue to work due to the high exposure risk to the COVID-19 virus.


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