GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) February 2015 is going down in history as the coldest February ever in West Michigan. That means it’s been more of a struggle for people to afford their heating bills. Consumers Energy and The Salvation Army are working together to keep as many people warm as possible.
Consumers Energy is working with four non-profits across the state to provide $11 million to help up to 20,000 customers stay warm this winter. In Grand Rapids, Consumers Energy is partnering with The Salvation Army, and has contributed $1.6 million toward the effort. With additional funds from The Salvation Army, there will be $4.5 million available for energy assistance.
Consumers Energy strives to help customers if they can’t afford their bills. They recommend you call as soon as you have a problem; don’t wait until you get a shutoff notice. Call 1-800-477-5050 or 211.
The Salvation Army may also be able to help. The offer case management, which will look at the deeper issues and help prevent problems in the future. You can reach them at 1-855-929-1640.