Homeowners and renters have a lot of bills to manage—whether it’s internet, streaming services, natural gas, electric or water and sewage. It can be hard to keep up with how to manage savings and understand what’s on your monthly bill. This winter, we’re working hard to help you understand your options. Here are three tips to help you understand your bill and score energy savings.

  1. Know your gas supplier. Everyone should take a good look at their entire DTE gas bill. Michigan is a gas choice state, meaning that while DTE handles the delivery, service and billing functions, customers can choose whether they purchase their gas supply from DTE or a third-party supplier. Check the “current charges” section of your DTE gas bill. If it includes “Alternative Gas Supplier,” DTE delivers your natural gas but that gas is supplied by another company. If this is the case, your gas costs may be subject to market prices, which have increased 50% from last year’s prices. Contact your alternative gas supplier for assistance. For more information, visit dteenergy.com/gaschoice
  2. Learn about payment help that is available. Contact DTE now if you need help paying your bill at 800.477.4747. We offer several payment assistance programs and additional payment assistance may be available to you from state agencies by calling 211. To learn more about DTE’s programs, visit dteenergy.com/help
  3. Use our tips to save energy. The least expensive molecule of energy is the one not used! Try these simple steps to save money on your heating bill:
      • Replace your thermostat with a programmable model. Save up to $180 annually by programming it for the season. The recommended settings are 68 degrees during the day and a degree or two lower at night for comfort and efficiency while you are home.
      • Save up to $200 a year by sealing air leaks around your home and adding proper insulation to keep heat in and cold air outside. Add caulk or weather stripping as necessary to seal leaks around windows and doors.
      • Inspect and replace your furnace filter at the start of the season and at least every three months to ensure your furnace can work at peak efficiency.

For more ways to save: Dteenergy.com/saveenergy