Prices jump 30, 40 cents a gallon
Consumers Energy says even though we are seeing higher than normal energy use, this winter season prices should be lower than five years ago.
Part of the savings is thanks to a significant drop in price of natural gas.
But as Nick Perreault explains, if you think you're paying too much there are ways to cut costs.
Winters in Michigan can make it seem like your meter and mind are spinning out of control, but energy companies want you to know breaks are out there.
"We offer rebates for customers who want to get new windows, we have rebates for customers who use energy efficient models," Consumers Spokesperson Terry Dedoes said.
Rebates that Terry Dedoes from Consumers says can add up to hundreds from insulating your windows, patio and basement and up to $1250 if you get a new boiler.
"Heating, cooling, lighting the whole gamut of energy efficient rebates," Dedoes said.
Consumers includes plans for winter protection, 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.
"This helps us, easily identify cold areas or leak area," Comfort First Heating and Cooling Consultant Nate Cagel said.
But if you're sure what to replace or how much it will cost, Nate Cagel says have a professional come in for an inspection.
"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."
So the cold might make you miserable, but there are tricks to make sure your utility bill doesn't.
For more information,
Consumers Customers can visit; http://www.consumersenergy.com/eeprograms/Residential.aspx?id=4069&linkidentifier=id&itemid=4069
DTE Customers can visit; https://www2.dteenergy.com
Cagel says a scan usually takes about three hours, but checking unexpected areas could help save you thousands
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