Beat the Freeze with Tools to Manage Your Consumers Energy Bill

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Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy vice president, shares tips to Beat the Freeze.
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Between snow days and snow plows, polar winds and polar temperatures, this season is really packing a punch.

This is one of the coldest winters in a generation and has led our residential customers to use 26 percent more natural gas this winter (November through January) compared to last year.

Even though our natural gas price is the lowest in a decade, the lower temps are making furnaces work harder and leading to higher energy bills. VIDEO: Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy vice president, shares tips, tools to Beat the Freeze.

We’re here to help with people and programs:

  • If you think you’re going to have trouble paying your energy bill, call us right away at (800) 477-5050
  • On Monday, we activated our Severe Weather Assistance Team to connect customers with assistance plans and payment options
  • Get more than 100 ways to save on your energy bill
  • Moving our feet to give others heat in Walks for Warmth across the state
  • Extended a special discount on bills for Michigan’s homeless shelters for an additional month, through March

5 Tips to Manage Your Energy Use

  1. Turn down the dial – Every degree you dial down could save 1 to 3 percent on heating costs
  2. Keep drapes closed to retain heat at night – Open during the day to let in the warm sunlight
  3. Let the air flow – Keep furniture, curtains and other items from blocking heat registers
  4. Clean/replace furnace filters – Your furnace is the hardest working appliance in your home. A clean filter lets your furnace breathe easy and run more efficiently
  5. Weather stripping doors and windows – An 1/8” crack around the perimeter of a door is equivalent to a softball-sized hole in the middle of the door

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