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Cold Weather Causing Hefty Utility Bills

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(WLNS) - The numbers on the thermostat aren't the only thing rising during the bitter mid-Michigan months. Utility bills are also on the rise and they may be more than some mid-Michiganders can handle.

Before you become at risk for electric shut-off, utility companies say there are special payment plans that could protect you.

Consumers Energy has a new program called Consumers Affordable Resources Energy or 'CARE' that protects customers from shut-off until August. The program gives qualifying customers a 40 percent reduction in their energy bill during heating months.

DTE Energy offers a 'shut-off protection plan' to all residential customers regardless of income and can provide year-round protection from shut-off if planned payments are made.

The utility says they will not shut off power from November 1 to April 15 for those who haven't paid, they just ask customers to work with them. BWL has similar plans for low income customers and will connect them to agencies to make arrangements, such as Pennies for Power.

Michigan automatically protects seniors from shut-off, but all other customers must apply for the assistance programs.

There are capacity limits on these programs so check out the web sites below to learn if these programs are best for you and your family.



  • Shut-Off Plan - Consumers
  • Shut-Off Plan - DTE
  • Shut-Off Plan - BWL
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