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Gas bill sticker shock this winter? Here’s how to pay it.

Full article published at the Detroit Free Press.

Brooke Mitchell couldn’t believe it when she opened her DTE Energy bill this month.

“Our gas bill was a thousand dollars,” said Mitchell, who lives on Detroit’s west side in a four-bedroom home.

The bitter, below-average temperatures that gripped the area over the holiday season sent gas usage soaring, according to Michigan utilities.

If customers are struggling to pay their bills, DTE and Consumers offer a number of options. DTE offersBudgetWise Billing — a program which allows customers to pay bills in equal payments; flexible due date; and an online page dedicated specifically for helping people manage their gas use and offers tips on how to stay warm.

Likewise, Consumers Energy also offers a number of flexible options to assist customers with managing their bills and heat, so that they’re getting the most for their dollar.

Thaw (The Heat and Warmth Fund), is another option for customers who are eligible. They have programs through both Consumers and DTE.