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Tips To Help Keep Heating Costs Low

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Consumers Energy says even though we are seeing higher than normal energy use, this winter season prices should be lower than five years ago thanks to a significant drop in price of natural gas.

But if you think you're paying too much, there are ways to cut costs.

 

 

"We offer rebates for customers who want to get new windows. We have rebates for customers who use energy efficient models," said Terry Dedoes with Consumers. She says those rebates can add up to hundreds saved from insulating windows, patios and basements. It can also get you up to $1,250 if you get a new boiler.

 

 

"Heating, cooling, lighting the whole gamut of energy efficient rebates," includes plans for winter protection for seniors and low income families.

DTE offers calculators on their website for cost saving measures and say purchasing a high efficiency furnace could cut costs in half.

 

If you're not sure what to replace or how much it will cost, Nate Cagel from Comfort Heating and Cooling says have a professional come in for an inspection. He says a scan usually takes about three hours, but checking unexpected areas could help save you thousands.

 

"We've done blower door tests and have had interior walls leaking because it's coming down from the attic and out of light switches and plugs," said Cagel.

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