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Heat Gets Turned Up, Prices Get Turned Down

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As the snow continues to fall and many reach to turn up the heat, officials are saying the cost to keep it warm is coming down.

"The good news is, natural gas prices are way down this year. They're down 7 percent from last year," said Judy Palnau, the Michigan Public Service Commission spokesperson.

Consumers Energy had roughly the same projections for the season, saying these are the lowest fuel prices since 2003.

 But heating bills could end up costing just as much as last winter's because last winter broke records for being unseasonably warm. So even though prices are down, the cost of your bill all depends on the weather.

Palnau says about three-fourths of the state uses natural gas for heating, but 9 percent uses propane, making Michigan the top state for propane use.

"Good thing about propane, those prices have also come down thanks to last year's mild winter. A lot of that gas which was put in storage wasn't drawn out last year because it was so mild," said Palnau.

Officials say if we have an average winter this year, natural gas sales are expected to increase about 10 percent.

For more information on how to get help battling the cold this winter, head to our Seen on 6 site.

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