DTE offers assistance as colder winter, working from home drives up energy costs

Posted at 2:49 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 14:49:17-04

DTE says with winter temperatures and more people working from home, residential energy use is expected to increase this heating season.

Monthly energy bills are expected to be higher than last year.

DTE says customers will spend, on average, $65 more over the six-month heating season compared to the same period last year.

DTE is offering several payment assistance programs, including a Winter Protection Plan, Shutoff Protection Plan, and payment relief for those experiencing medical emergencies, for active military personnel, and for customers struggling during the pandemic.

Affordable tips like sealing air leaks, using a programmable thermostat and replacing furnace filters when dirty, will improve energy efficiency, the company says.

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