4 ways to help deal with winter heating bills

JACKSON, Mich. (WOOD) — Spring is here in West Michigan, but some people may still be concerned about their winter heating bills.

Consumers Energy is reaching out to customers who received service protection or participated in other payment plans to share information about assistance programs. Even if customers are on a payment plan, they are still eligible for assistance.

Consumers Energy recommends four ways for customers to get help now:

  1. Call 2-1-1, a resource line that refers people to key programs offering help with energy bills.
  2. The Michigan Department of Human Service provides assistance with energy bills through its State Emergency Relief Program, which people can apply for online through May.
  3. Contact a nonprofit agency. Consumers Energy recommends the Salvation Army, Michigan Community Action, The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) and TrueNorth Community Services. You can call 2-1-1 to find the one nearest you.
  4. Qualified homeowners or renters are encouraged to apply for a Michigan Home Heating Credit. You can find Form 1040CR-7 where tax forms are available or by calling Consumers Energy to request a form at 800.477.5050.

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2-1-1 online database

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