Consumers Energy Customers Get Predictable Bills With Monthly Budget Plan

  Consumers Energy Customers Get Predictable Bills With Monthly Budget Plan

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., June 7, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy customers
looking for predictable bills can benefit by enrolling in the monthly Budget

Under Consumers Energy's Budget Plan, customers take the guesswork out of
their monthly bill by paying the same amount each time.The monthly amount is
based on past energy usage, fuel costs and projected temperatures. Nearly
400,000 Consumers Energy customers are enrolled in the Budget Plan, including
5,000 business customers.

"The Budget Plan is popular because it offers customers predictable utility
bills by paying the same amount each month. Paying a set amount allows
customers to help manage their family or business budget," said Doug
Detterman, Consumers Energy's executive manager of customer operations. 

While the exact amount will vary from customer to customer, the Budget Plan
monthly payment for an average residential electric plan amount will be $91,
and the average residential natural gas plan amount will be $80. Consumers
Energy's natural gas fuel costs have dropped by about 12 percent compared to
one year ago. Customers must have their bill payments current in order to

Customers can enroll in the Budget Plan,
or by calling the company's toll-free number, 1-800-477-5050 and using the
automated voice system options, or by talking with a customer service

Detterman noted that for customers wanting to further streamline their bill
paying process, they can coordinate the Budget Plan with Consumers Energy's
free and convenient Direct Pay or online recurring debit and credit card
payment options.

Customers who choose the Direct Pay service receive their predicted energy
bill electronically via an e-mail link. Then payment is deducted
automatically each month from the designated financial account or debit/credit
card making their energy payments easier in two ways.

"Customers who pay their Consumers Energy bill electronically make it easier
on themselves and the environment," said Detterman. "Using our eBill service
saves you a trip to the mailbox. It's convenient and saves on postage and
paper." These are just two examples of how we're helping you to have the
energy you need whenever you need it.

Customers can enroll in this program through Consumers Energy's website at

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, provides natural gas
and electricity to 6.6 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68
Lower Peninsula counties.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Dan Bishop, 517/788-2395 or Debra Dodd, 517/545-8711
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