Living With The Coronavirus Outbreak

When we first got in line, we noticed that a clerk was directing movement. All of the people including us were lined up one behind the other.

This is a trip to the market which ended in three stores and only 40 dollars worth of supplies because many stores are low on supplies. My husband and I are standing behind the guy in the red shirt. Due to the new rules that have been pushed down from the CDC some stores are doing what they can to prevent the spread. This is a necessary move to make sure we are all able to get items for our families. We went to Aldi’s before coming to La Michoacana Meat Market, but most of the items in Aldi’s needed to be restocked, so we checked out our local meat market.

After a few minutes people exited the store and we were able to move closer to the door.

After a certain number of people exited the store, the clerk motioned for a small group to enter. I do not know if this would count as a social gathering, but I know it will help reduce germs. While we were waiting outside with the others, the store’s employees were wiping down door handles and opening the door letting people out.

Finally, it was our time. We stayed here only for a few minutes until the clerk came back and let us in for our few items.

This is the second store that I have seen use common sense management. The stores are doing things to help prevent the impact of the coronavirus. Not only are they helping to reduce contagion, but they are able to keep more items on the stands, and maintain a healthier environment. The other store which is a Korean Market also had people who were very visible with their cleaning procedures. A healthy store, makes for a healthy community.

Are Electric Bills Forcing People In The Poor House?

My husband and I moved into this house a little over a year ago. When we first moved in our electric bill was around 250 per month. The 250 per month included an energy saving plan with TXU. Supposedly, the green plan would help save us money and lower our bill. After about six months of seeing very little savings we decided to move to another plan with TXU. This plan was supposed to save us more money because we wouldn’t be paying for energy on the weekends.

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About a month or so after the plan we noticed that our bill started to get out of control. It was no longer in the 250 range, it was going into the 300 plus range. The weather was starting to change and the house was starting to get colder. So, I asked a TXU representative why were our bills so high. He told me that basically, I needed to mimic the outside weather. So, if it was cold outside, my house would need to be a representation of that in order to have a normal bill. I asked him are you saying we need to freeze, he said bundle up!

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That was clearly not going to work with three children in my home. So, we started cutting back on other bills. No matter how we limited our usage, or what we did, the bill was still high. The area we were spending the most money in was still heating.

After my year ended, I linked up with Direct Energy. I have since noticed about a 200 dollar drop. TXU called me back and wanted to know what they could do in order to get our business back. They stated that the plan I was on prior to leaving was a plan that cost 14 cent per kilowatt. Average households pay about 12.7 to 13 per kilowatt, but TXU had us paying 14 cent. This was the reason my bill was never going down. I now pay 10 cent per kilowatt.

If you are having trouble with high energy bills, you need to talk to the company about the amount you are paying for your electricity. You shouldn’t have to freeze in your home in order to save money. Pay close attention to where the most energy is being allotted. In our case it wasn’t about computers, TVs or even appliances it was something we needed. Study your bill, and look back at your usage from a year ago. I hope your home stays a climate friendly zone.