Electricity Rates are going up this summer! No surprise, just as the Rockford area gets ready for air conditioning weather, stateline residents can expect to be jolted by higher electric bills.

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As of June 1st ComEd customers, on average, will see their monthly bills jump 21 percent, to about $82 a month from about $69 a month. If you live in a municipality that has selected a competing supplier, you may pay slightly less, but you won't escape the higher prices because the cost of all electric power is higher.

There is some relief that residents can take advantage of to save money. The 2014 Summer Energy Assistance program is available from LIHEAP

The Program runs July 7th - July 23rd or until funding is depleted, whichever comes first. The program will provide a $150 payment to a your electricity provider to help Winnebago and Boone County residents with their electric bill.

There are qualification requirements to be eligible for the assistance. Get all the details here