Natural Gas Value Helping Consumers Energy Customers Save on Thanksgiving Cooking Costs -- Best Value in 10 Years

  Natural Gas Value Helping Consumers Energy Customers Save on Thanksgiving
                   Cooking Costs -- Best Value in 10 Years

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 22, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy's efforts to
drive down heating costs and become the most affordable major natural gas
provider in Michigan is helping to reduce the cost of cooking Thanksgiving

Those priceless memories created around the Thanksgiving table with family and
friends come this year with the lowest cooking costs for natural gas customers
in a decade. The natural gas energy it takes to cook a meal for 12 guests: 54

The cooking costs break down:

  oRoast stuffed turkey: 34 cents.
  oLarge pan of mashed potatoes cooked for 20 minutes: about 3 cents.
  oGiblet gravy cooked on the stove for 10 minutes: less than 1 cent.
  oHomemade dinner rolls baked for 30 minutes: 4 cents.
  oVegetable casserole: 4 cents.
  oTwo baked pumpkin pies: 8 cents.

"Our strategy to invest in natural gas infrastructure and take advantage of
the energy value natural gas provides is helping Consumers Energy customers
save money," said Lori Harvey, director of financial and gas system planning.
"We are proud that our customers are seeing real savings that they can spend
on the holidays, or however they wish, because they are seeing lower utility
bills in 2013."

Consumers Energy offers these tips to get even more energy value while

  oUse glass and ceramic dishes. They hold heat well and allow you to lower
    the oven temperature by 25 degrees.
  oKeep the oven door closed. The temperature drops 25-75 degrees each time
    the oven door is opened, so monitor cooking time and peek through the oven
    window, if possible, to check on your food.
  oUse your microwave for defrosting and cooking small portions.
  oPlan to bake more than one dish or cook an entire meal in the oven to save
  oUsing roasting bags reduces cooking time in the oven by nearly one-half.

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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Contact: Terry DeDoes, 517/374-2159 or Brian Wheeler, 517/788-2394
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