A pedestrian walks down an empty street in the Bayside neighborhood . Credit – Brianna Soukup—Portland Portland Press Herald/Getty Images
When Deanna Schultz received the utility bills for the trailer where she lives in Rock Falls, Ill. this month, she was stunned at how expensive they had become. Her electric bill alone more than doubled, up $85. Now, with natural gas prices on the rise, she is concerned about heating costs, too.
“Last month I had $16 left after paying bills,” says Schultz, 50, a former teacher’s aide