7 Tips to Save Energy for 6 More Weeks of Winter

Every degree you dial down could save 1 percent to 3 percent on your heating costs.

It’s official. Groundhog Phil, the world’s most famous furry forecaster, confirmed Feb. 2 what many of us in Michigan expected – 6 more weeks of winter. Michigan’s weather-prognosticating woodchuck – Woody – also has called for six more weeks of winter.

With the coldest Michigan winter in the past 20 years, we know homes and businesses are using more energy and are concerned about higher bills as furnaces work harder to keep pace.

Consumers Energy is offering the lowest natural gas prices in 10 years thanks to investments in infrastructure and the nation’s fourth largest underground storage capacity, which allows us to buy gas in the summer when prices are generally lower.

Still, we are all facing colder temps and arctic winds – aka the polar vortex. What are you doing to prepare for 6 more weeks of winter?

We’re here to help with tips, tools and programs to help you beat the freeze. Check out our new webpage ConsumersEnergy.com/energyanswers and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more #CEenergytips to save energy this winter.

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  1. Turn down the dial – Every degree you dial down could save 1 to 3 percent on your heating costs.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat – It can save as much as 20 percent on your heating costs and we offer a $10 rebate
  3. Tune-up your furnace and clean or replace your filter – Your furnace is the hardest working appliance in your home. Gas customers can contact a Consumers Energy contractor and get $50 off a furnace tune-up
  4. Reduce water temperature – Lower your water heating temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees
  5. Let the air flow – Keep furniture, carpeting and curtains from blocking heat registers
  6. Join the Budget Plan and keep your energy costs steady year-round
  7. Access our free online Home Energy Analyzer and get more than 100 ways to save on your energy bill

Payment assistance programs available

We also offer assistance programs and payment plans to keep you and your family safe, warm and connected. A new program this year is the Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy:

  • CARE offers customers with a household income up to 150 percent of federal poverty level the opportunity to apply for energy bill credits (40 percent of monthly energy charges) through August 2014 and access to energy-saving tools, including in-home energy efficiency upgrades. CARE service territory map