Consumers Energy gives $10 million to help customers pay heat bills

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Winter months are here and heat bills can get pricey, but Consumers Energy is willing to help their customers that need financial help.

They have provided $10 million since October to help people pay their bills through the spring.

A worker at Consumers Energy says they understand just how expensive winter heating bills can get.

“This is the time of year we know people’s heat bills are higher. This is the time of year when it’s cold and we don’t ever want anyone in the situation where they’re going to be threatened with losing their power, losing their heat,” said Senior Public Information Director, Brian Wheeler.

The President of the United Way of Jackson County, Ken Toll, says the money they get in the fall is usually spent by the spring months, but since this winter has been mild, it should last a little longer.

“The way it’s been going this year, we should last a couple more months, but you never know, if we get slammed next week with hundreds of applications, it could be gone quickly,” said Toll.

It’s a first come, first serve situation, so you’re encouraged to apply sooner than later if you want help. If you do need help, you can call 2-1-1 for assistance. You can also apply, but applications will be available as long as there is money available.

If you don’t get accepted for assistance or apply late, Toll says they will stay in touch with you for two years to follow up.

Reaching out for help can be a little intimidating, but Toll says there’s no need to be self-conscious.

“You shouldn’t be embarrassed to reach out, there’s a lot of people that need help for a lot of different reasons and we don’t cast any blame or aspersion. If you quality for help, we want to give it to you,” said Toll.

This money is only available for Consumer Energy customers, but if you call 2-1-1, you can get help on which program is best for you.

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