Consumers Energy Urges Customers to Keep Gas and Electric Meters Free of Snow, Ice

Consumers Energy Urges Customers to Keep Gas and Electric Meters Free of Snow,
                                     Ice

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ROYAL OAK, Mich., Dec. 18, 2013

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Now that wintery temperatures
have arrived and snow has blanketed Michigan, Consumers Energy is reminding
its gas and electric customers to keep safety in mind and follow some simple
steps to keep their meters clear.

One of the best ways customers can help ensure the safety of meter readers as
well as the proper operation of natural gas and electric meters is by keeping
the meters free of snow and ice.

When snow and ice are allowed to build up on and around meters water can
sometimes enter and freeze inside the meter, which can interfere with its safe
operation. Snow and ice around gas and electric meters should be carefully
removed by hand, not with shovels or power equipment such as snow blowers. It
is also advised to keep air intakes clear of ice and snow to help prevent
possible carbon monoxide (CO) problems.

Keeping a clear path to the meter with no obstacles around its location also
helps meter readers do their job efficiently and safely. Whenever possible,
sidewalks, walkways and stairways should also be kept free of ice and snow.
For indoor meters, the path leading to the meter should be kept clutter-free
and well lighted to help spot potential hazards.

"When customers help by following these safety steps, it makes their gas and
electric meters easier to read and will also reduce the need to estimate your
energy use," said Michele Kirkland, vice president of Energy Operations for
Consumers Energy.

"The cooperation of our customers to keep meters and paths to them clear will
help us obtain efficient and accurate readings in a safe work environment. We
appreciate their assistance because it can mean the difference between an
injury-free employee visit and an accident," Kirkland added.

As an additional safety precaution, customers are encouraged to secure dogs
away from all meters.

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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