JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – It’s a simple equation, with colder weather comes higher heating bills. But for people struggling to pay those bills from this past winter, it’s important to know that help is available.
“We’re coming out of a winter that was historically cold, and even so people are receiving bills right now that are higher than what they expected or something that may not work with their household budget,” said Brian Wheeler, spokesman, Consumers Energy.
For those people you can get the help you need by making a simple phone call to 211.
“It’s a system where people can call and find out what sort of resources are available, not just with energy bills but with dealing with any sort of needs in their lives.”
In the past month alone 3,000 people across nine mid-Michigan counties have called 211 to ask for help.
They can help you access assistance from the Salvation Army, Michigan Community Action and other resources.
“I just wanted to encourage people to call whether they’re in kind of a crisis where they have received a shut off or whether they’re behind in their bills,” said Jennie Pollak, CRS, Central Michigan 211, manager.
Keep in mind that in addition to calling 211 for heating bill help, it’s also important to call your energy provider.