The cost of electricity is on the rise across the country due to upgrades to utility equipment and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a New York Times business reporter, I have been investigating the impact of these rising costs on consumer bills. My colleague and I recently looked into how higher rates are affecting low-income consumers, who often cannot afford clean energy technologies like solar panels and electric vehicles.
We are planning more stories on the rising cost of energy and its impact on people around the country. How expensive has it become to keep the lights on? What impact are electricity rates having on household budgets? What steps are people taking to lower their bills?
We need your help. Electric bills show exactly what consumers pay for electricity. If you have an electric bill that surprised you, we’d love to review it. I will read every response to this questionnaire, and may contact you to learn more about your story and possibly include it in an upcoming article. I won’t publish any part of your response without speaking to you first, and I won’t share your contact information outside the Times newsroom or use it for any purpose other than to reach back out to you.