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  Heating Bill Help Still Available: Consumers Energy Encourages Qualifying
       Residents to Apply For Michigan Home Heating Credit by Sept. 30

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JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 28, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Michigan homeowners may still
receive help paying their heating bills if they file by Sept. 30 for a State
of Michigan Home Heating Credit. Residents can qualify for the assistance if
their homestead is in Michigan, they own or rent their home, apartment or
mobile home, and meet income guidelines (see link below). 

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"Consumers Energy encourages all residents who qualify to apply for a Home
Heating Credit by Sept. 30, because it is one of the few funding resources
still available to help pay last winter's heating bills," said Whitney Skeans,
customer assistance manager. "The average credit equals about two months of
heating costs, so this help can certainly help make energy more affordable for
those struggling to make ends meet."

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, as well as
natural gas and electric. Applicants do not need to file a state tax return to
receive this credit.

Since January, more than 79,000 Consumers Energy customers have received a
credit averaging about $141 per household. Last year 367,000Michigan
residents received more than $45 million dollars in aid through the Home
Heating Credit program.

The Home Heating Credit Claim form (MI-1040CR-7) is generally available
wherever other tax forms are provided. Forms can also be obtained 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/assistance or by calling the utility at (800)
477-5050. For residents in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston Counties,
free filing assistance is still available through the Accounting Aid Society
(866) 673-0873.

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 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: Debra Dodd, 586-918-0597, or Terry DeDoes, 517-374-2159
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