Heating Help Still Available: Consumers Energy Encourages Qualifying Customers To Apply For Michigan Home Heating Credit

Heating Help Still Available: Consumers Energy Encourages Qualifying Customers
                  To Apply For Michigan Home Heating Credit

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 26, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --There is still time for
qualifying Michigan residents to apply forhelp in paying their heating bills.
Consumers Energy is encouraging qualifying residential customers to file for a
State of Michigan Home Heating Credit by Sept. 30 if they have not yet
received the credit this year.

Since January, more than 81,600 Consumers Energy customers have received a
credit on the average of $136 per household.

"Acting now on the opportunity to receive a Home Heating Credit is an ideal
way to head into the heating season," said Whitney Skeans, Consumers Energy's
customer assistance coordinator. "Considering that it represents roughly two
months of heating cost, the credit certainly helps makes energy more
affordable for customers struggling to make ends meet."

Last year, nearly 403,000 Michigan residents received $58 million in aid
through the Home Heating Credit program, which is funded by the federal
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Home Heating Credit is
based on household size and income. It can be applied to all heating costs,
including propane and purchased firewood. Applicants do not need to file a
state tax return to receive this credit.

How to apply

The Home Heating Credit Claim form (MI-1040CR-7) is generally available
wherever other tax forms are provided. Get forms from the Michigan Department
of Treasury at (517) 636-4486, at www.michigan.gov/taxes, at Consumers Energy
bill payment offices, at www.consumersenergy.com/energyanswers or by calling
the utility at (800) 477-5050.

For customers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties, free filing
assistance is still available at 5 metro-area locations through the Accounting
Aid Society (1-866-673-0873).

Consumers Energy can provide applicants with their annual heating cost,
required on the form (Line 11), by calling 800-477-5050. Additional
information for Consumers Energy customers on how to apply for a Home Heating
Credit is available by visiting www.consumersenergy.com/energyanswers.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394 or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395
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