Use these tips today to save energy, save money, stay comfortable this winter

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Whether it’s throwing an extra blanket on the bed at night or sealing air leaks to keep cold winter air out, Michigan residents will be coping with frigid air, ice and snow before you know it.

Michigan is on track for a more typical winter this year, according to long-range forecasts, and that means preparing for increased energy usage and higher bills is even more important for customers.

Managing your energy usage is important because it directly affects how much you pay each month. When your usage is higher, so is your bill. DTE Energy wants to help customers keep usage under control by giving some simple, easy-to-follow tips to make winter heating bills more manageable.

Natural gas customers can expect to pay about $20 to $30 more this winter over the six-month heating season compared to last year if Michigan does experience a typical winter.

“As the temperatures begin to dip, we expect to see an increase in natural gas use across our territory this winter season, with demand estimates up about 9 percent over last winter,” said Dan Brudzynski, DTE vice president of Gas Sales and Supply.  Brudzynski added that DTE buys gas in summer, when prices are typically lower, and stores it for winter use – keeping natural gas prices more stable during the coldest months.

“The good news is the actual price of natural gas will be lower than last winter, and remains near its low point over the past 10 years.  Still, we encourage everyone to be prepared for winter by taking steps to save energy and keep their homes warm, efficient and safe before the cold weather hits,” said Brudzynski.

More energy- and money-saving tips and suggestions are available on DTE’s website at dteenergy.com/staywarm.

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