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Budget Billing Plan
Take the seasonal ups and downs out of your energy bills and pay the same amount each month. Contact your gas or electric company to enroll.

State Emergency Relief
Low-income households can get help paying heating or electric bills.

Medical Emergency Protection
An energy bill that is subject to shut off due to non-payment may be postponed up to 21 days because of a medical emergency. Additional extensions may also be available. Contact your gas or electric company for more information.


Consumer Tips
o Lifeline and Link-Up Program
o Earned Income Tax Credit
o Home Heating Help
o Home Heating Credit

Ollie the Owl

This page provides information on ways to manage your winter energy bills. You can find tips for saving energy, links to a wide range of consumer resources and much more. We all need to "Be WinterWise" as natural gas, propane, and heating oil prices have increased across the country.

Shut-Off Protection - Senior citizens, low-income customers and military personnel may qualify for shut-off protection through various programs. Contact Your utility company.

Plan Ahead - Many utility companies have Budget Billing Plans that can spread out your peak winter heating bills.

Use Energy Wisely - Reduce your energy use; see the Energy saving tips for more information.

Get Assistance - Qualifying seniors and low-income customers may be eligible for help in paying heating bills.

Be Helpful - Share this information with family and friends. Make a donation to organizations that help people unable to handle their energy bills.

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Michigan Energy Assistance Directory PDF icon
Provides information on private and public programs that offer energy assistance, and a county by county listing of utilities, programs and resources available.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Protect Yourself and be WinterWise
Helpful tips on how to winterize your vehicle and home, what you should know about carbon monoxide, and a list of supplies you need to be WinterWise.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Energy Savers
Tips on saving money and energy at home.
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Energy Star Products
Install energy efficient lighting, appliances, etc.
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Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm
For more information about what is happening with federal and state funding for low-income energy assistance please visit the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm.
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Supplemental Home Heating Sources - Life Saving Tips PDF icon
Provides information on the safe operation of fireplaces and electric, gas, and kerosene space heaters.

Winter Protection Plan
Low-income customers and seniors can budget natural gas and electricity payments to avoid shutoff. Contact your gas or electric company to apply.

Weatherization Assistance
Low-income households can receive free caulking, weather stripping, insulation, etc.

Military Assistance
Utility customers or their spouses, on full-time active military duty, may receive utility shut-off protection.

Deliverable Fuel Assistance
Low-income customers receive assistance with buying fuel oil, wood or propane. Call local community action agency (Dependent on funding availability).


Be Proactive
Contact your utility company as soon as you know you will be unable to pay your bill on time. Do not wait for a shut-off notice. Home | MPSC Home | LARA Home
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