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Energy Efficiency Programs Can Help Cut Bills Following Harsh Season

Lansing, MI - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) May 2, 2014 said that the long and brutal winter of 2013-2014 hit customers in their pocketbooks but that energy efficiency programs are available to all Michigan natural gas and electric customers to help cut energy bills.

"Meteorologists have told us the winter of 2013-2014 was brutal featuring relentless sub-zero temperatures and record amounts of snow," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "That not only tried the patience of utility customers but affected their pocketbooks as well. Temperatures between December and March - the four main heating months - were 18 percent colder than normal. Colder temperatures meant customers were using more natural gas to heat their homes as well. So even though natural gas prices were at an 11-year low, both DTE Gas Company and Consumers Energy Company customers used 19 percent more natural gas during that time to keep their homes warm. That caused heating bills to go up compared to the previous heating season.

"To help cut energy bills, the MPSC encourages Michigan natural gas and electric customers to take advantage of energy efficiency programs offered by all utilities in Michigan. "Many of the tips that help keep homes warm in the winter help keep homes cool in the summer."

Visit the MPSC's energy efficiency website (,4639,7-159-52495---,00.html) that lists links to all Michigan energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency program feature rebates for Energy Star-qualified appliances, including furnaces and air conditioners; deals on energy efficient light bulbs – both compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting-diode (LED) bulbs; and more.

Nearly 80 percent of Michigan households use natural gas as their primary heating fuel.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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