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Warmer Temps, Lower Natural Gas Prices Reduce Heating Bills Statewide

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Warmer weather wasn’t the only factor lowering heating bills in Michigan this winter, but it sure helped.

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) said that lower natural gas prices also contributed to lower heating bills in the state. Roughly 80 percent of Michigan households use natural gas for home heating.

But the biggest factor probably was the weather. The state agency said Friday that temperatures were around 20 percent warmer than normal during the recently completed November through March heating season.

DTE Energy spokesman John Austerberry said Mich-Con customers saved an average of 30 percent on their energy bills when compared with the year before.

“Any time our customers can save money, that is a good thing. We’re happy that a combination of circumstances has led to substantial savings for them,” he said, adding that the average customer saved about $200.

MPSC said savings statewide would vary by utility and location.

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