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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.

Michigan Energy Assistance Program Low income households may get assistance with heating or electric bills during extreme hardship or for emergencies that threaten health and safety. Call 2-1-1 to learn about other low income energy assistance programs.

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 be available. Contact your gas or electric company for more information.


Consumer Tips
o Surviving Power Outages
o Beat the Heat & Save
o The Real Story About Estimated Utility Bills

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Be Summer Wise

For the most fulfilling summer experience, you can reduce your energy usage, keeping your wallet and your family happy. Energy efficiency doesn't mean doing less; it means doing as much or more but using less energy to get it done.

Just in time for summer, learn how you can reduce usage, save on your energy bills, and relax in comfort while saving money.

Use Energy Efficiently and Save Money - Every electric and natural gas Michigan utility offers energy efficiency programs for customers to cut their energy bills. To learn more about reducing your energy use visit the Energy Savers page linked below.

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

Get Protection - Low-income customers and eligible active duty military personnel may qualify for shut-off protection through various programs. Contact your utility for additional information.

Get Educated - MiEnergy and the MPSC issues Consumer Tips that provide helpful advice for saving money during summer months.

Be Helpful - Check on vulnerable friends, family members and neighbors during extreme weather.

thermometer icon Ways to Beat the Heat

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Keep shades and curtains drawn during the day
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Unplug electronics when not in use
  • Dress for summer
  • Hang a wet sheet in front of an open window
  • Turn off the lights
  • Embrace air conditioned public spaces
  • Use your grill to cook instead of the stove or oven
  • Listen to weather alerts
  • Avoid activities during the hottest part of the day

More Tips

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.

MPSC Utility Energy Effiency Programs Low-income households can receive free caulking, weather stripping, insulation, etc. to help conserve energy.

Military/Veterans Assistance Families of Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel receive emergency financial assistance to pay electric, oil, gas, etc.


Be Proactive

Review your monthly bills to confirm actual meter reads, and contact your utility if your bill is estimated. A high estimated bill could result in overpayment, while a low estimate may require a large "catchup" billl later

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