Hannah Reed is like many us....worried about making ends meet. Her concerns are all the more difficult. She doing this worrying at 75 years of age....
"I just pay what I can when I have it. I pay till it's gone and wait till the next time comes around," says Reed.
Hannah has lived in this west Rockford home for more than 18 years. She's paid some portion of every bill she gets. But Hannah is getting a little bit of relief from her monthly trials this month. Natural gas bills in the stateline area are dropping by a third compared to last summer.
"...Last year we had a warmer than normal summer and that caused natural gas to be used to generate electricity, so demand in the summer months is not as high," says Nicor Spokeswoman Annette Martinez.
Sadly this may not last....and with so many payments on Hannah's checklist- those at Nicor say it's important to be ready for upcoming bills.
"We know we're lower than last year at this time but we don't know how we'll be affected closer to the heating session," Martinez says.
Annette Martinez of Nicor says energy bills could soon start to go up if production decreases due to hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.