Nearly half of Texans say they haven’t used more electricity during the COVID-19 crisis than they did before the pandemic, according to results of a survey conducted earlier this month on behalf of Choose Energy. That runs counter to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research that found Texans had used 16 percent more energy during the pandemic.
The survey, administered March 4-6 by Dynata, asked 521 Texans questions about the February winter storm, their usage, how they shop for energy, and more. About 45.5 percent of Texans said they have not noticed a change in usage, and 4.4 percent say they’ve used less electricity.
Most Texas workers had been under stay-at-home orders since late March 2020. Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the order on businesses on March 2, 2021. Conventional wisdom, and the study, held that people have used more residential electricity during the stay-at-home period.
Here’s how the Texans surveyed answered the question, “Do you believe you’ve used more electricity due to stay-at-home or other restrictions related to COVID-19?”