ROUND LAKE BEACH – With the COVID-19 pandemic causing financial hardship for residents, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is highlighting efforts to make utility bills more affordable throughout the public health crisis.
“High utility bills can cause undue stress on residents, which is why I applaud the various efforts being made to cut down on these costs and give families relief,” Yingling said.
During the pandemic, residents have multiple ways to save on utility bills. Throughout the stay-at-home order’s duration, all utility companies have suspended disconnections and late fees. ComEd has extended these suspensions through the end of June. In addition, the Citizens Utility Board is offering virtual utility bill clinics in which residents can send in their utility bills and have a CUB specialist analyze them and identify hidden fees and unnecessary costs that can be cut. The application period for LIHEAP has been extended to June 30, which can help those under a certain income threshold with their energy bills.
For information on the CUB virtual utility bill clinics, visit their website at https://www.citizensutilityboard.org/blog/2020/03/13/introducing-cubs-virtual-utility-bill-clinic/.
For information or to apply for LIHEAP, visit https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/UtilityBillAssistance/Pages/HowtoApply.aspx.