For Release: 11/06/2019
Home heating costs expected to fall as furnaces fire up for winter
Monroe — As colder weather makes fall colors fade from memory, Michigan Gas Utilities (MGU) customers are getting a warm welcome to winter through lower bills. The energy company anticipates an average residential customer will pay about 6% less to heat their home this winter.
The decrease is part of MGU's winter heating forecast, which estimates heating costs using a 20-year average of winter weather and the assumption that the price of natural gas remains at its current level on the commodities market. If both factors hold true, MGU expects an average customer would pay $30 less in heating costs this winter compared to last year.
Additional tips to enhance savings
Though a burst of cold air is on its way, these steps can help manage energy costs even more:
- Set your thermostat back 7-10 degrees when you're asleep or racing down your favorite sledding hill.
- Seal gaps around windows, doors and siding to keep warm air in, and Jack Frost out.
- Schedule a professional furnace tuneup for safety and efficiency, and to prevent a cold winter night indoors.
Customers looking to even out natural gas costs and receive a more stable bill each month can enroll in MGU’s Budget Billing option, which divides yearly energy costs into 12 equal payments.
Some customers may qualify for energy assistance or credits through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Department of Treasury. Residents interested in receiving assistance should visit the MDHHS website or call 211 for information on help available through the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP).
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