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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 Emergancy Relief

Beginning November 1st, low-income households can get help paying heating or electric bills.

MI Energy Assistance Program

Call 2-1-1 or contact local agencies for assistance information.

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 Program
o Earned Income Tax Credit
o Home Heating Help
o Home Heating Credit
o Supplemental Heating Sources
o Tips for Safe Use of a Portable Generator

Ollie the Owl

Unmet needs for energy assistance are historically high in the State of Michigan. Winter heating bills can certainly impact the household budget if the members of the home aren't conscious of their energy usage. On this page you will find suggestions for saving energy, links to informational Consumer Tips, and a wide range of other helpful consumer resources. We all need to "Be WinterWise" of natural gas, propane, and heating oil prices.

Important Notice:
All energy-related Department of Human Services State Emergency Relief (SER) requests, except in special cases involving health and safety concerns, must fall within the crisis season, which now runs from November 1 through May 31 each year. Some other community organizations and agencies are trained to help you complete the online application for State Emergency Relief. Find help near you at

Low income customers may be eligible for other assistance through the Michigan Energy Assistance Program. Seventy percent of MEAP funds must be expended during the crisis season but additional funding may be available after May 31st. Customers should contact 2-1-1 or their utility to see what programs are available in their area

Investigate the following tips to ensure a warm and cozy winter.

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, allowing for a more affordable monthly bill during the heating season. Contact your utility company to find out if they offer Budget Billing.

Use Energy Wisely - Reduce your energy use. More information on ways to conserve can be found by following the "Energy Savers" link below. Many utility providers also have programs to help make your home more energy efficient, so your energy bills will be lower. Contact your utility provider to ask about these programs.

Request Assistance - Qualifying seniors and low-income customers may be eligible for financial assistance.

The goal of the new assistance programs is to move customers to self-sufficiency. Therefore, customers no longer need a shut-off notice or MDHHS denial to qualify for assistance.

If you're behind on your energy bill, you can apply for help in paying off your past-due balance starting Nov.1st if your income is below 150% of the poverty level.

Call 2-1-1 or click on to learn about agencies in your county that may assist with your energy bill.

Be Helpful - Share this information with family and friends! If you are able, help your neighbors and donate to organizations that provide energy assistance.

Call 2-1-1
Learn about agencies in your county that may help pay your heating bill.
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
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 shut-off. Contact your gas or electric company to apply.

Weatherization Assistance

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

Military Assistance

Full-time active military duty customers, or their spouses, may receive utility shut-off protection.

Deliverable Fuel Assistance

Low-income customers can receive assistance with buying fuel oil, wood, or propane depending on available funding. Call 2-1-1 for more information.


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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