Utility rates keep going up

Within the last month, I’ve received an unexpected surprise from Nicor and ComEd with reference to my budget plan. It’s doubled in cost. While they received two rate increases since September, as of now, Nicor wants $95 instead of $70 a month. ComEd’s gone from $50.44 to $100.88, leaving me one-third less in total income, just more than $500 a month, whereas it was $721.

Supplemental Security is giving me a $12 increase. I’ve been told by many to cut back. I can’t even afford hamburger at $8 a pound. In the words of Winston Churchill, it’s better to fight when the odds are with you, and you have the victory in sight than to wait till the odds are against you, and you not only lose your cause but perish as well.

Neil Harlan

From the Dec. 31, 2014-Jan. 6, 2015, issue

3 thoughts on “Utility rates keep going up

  • Dec 31, 2014 at 7:48 am

    I understand your frustration. Utility rates continue to rise all across the country. There is a solution, however, hvac contractors need to get involved. The HVAC Smart Chip Plus is a simple retrofit that can be installed in a heater or air conditioning system that is proven to reduce your utility bill as much as 15%-20%. Its simply adding a mini computer that will control your fan blower and compressor to maximize the energy created by the system, that you pay for,getting into the home were it belongs. It maintains the internal temperature longer daily system run time. http://www.hvacsmartchipplus.com

  • Jan 2, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Please check to see if you are eligible for LIHEAP. Also, when possible, change your provider for electric (we can’t do it YET for gas but hoping that will come soon). I changed my electric provider and my bill is about $50 cheaper each month than my neighbor’s bill and they have the exact same house as mine!! Also, make sure you put that 3M plastic on your windows if they don’t seal properly, it does help. Make time to correct leaks around doors with weatherstripping, too. My heart and prayers go out to you living on a fixed income!! Finally, DON’T vote Republican and fight any and ALL decreases they want to make to Social Security by contacting your Senators and Representatives and tell them you will not support them if they support those cuts.

  • Jan 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I do not wish to minimize your financial woes, but I hate when people exaggerate costs. $8 a pound hamburger? I just looked at the Valli Produce weekly ad and ground beef is $2.99 a pound.

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