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MPSC Encourages Homeowners to "Be WinterWise," Web Site Features Information on Energy Efficiency Tips, Energy Assistance Programs
Judy Palnau (517) 241-3323
September 29, 2008
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today kicked off its "Be WinterWise" campaign, designed to give utility customers important information on how to cut winter energy bills and where low-income customers can get financial assistance.
"The MPSC's Be WinterWise campaign features practical tips on how to significantly cut winter energy bills," said MPSC Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu. "The Web site features a webcast that covers the variety of programs available to ensure the heat stays on this winter. From tips on how to cut energy usage, to shut-off protection and financial assistance programs, this Web site is the number-one resource to get answers to all your winter energy questions."
Specifically, the webcast, featuring MPSC Commissioner Monica Martinez, covers:
Low-cost ways to reduce energy usage
Energy assistance programs designed to prevent shut-offs, including:
Winter Protection Plans for senior citizens and low-income customers
State Emergency Relief
Medical emergency shut-off protection
Shut-off protection for active duty military personnel or their spouse
Home Heating Credit
Weatherization Assistance Program
Lifeline and Link-Up discount telephone service program for low-income customers
Earned income credit
The Be WinterWise Web site also includes the Energy Assistance Directory, developed by the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm. It provides information on public and private programs, listing utility companies, programs, and resources by county.
The Be WinterWise Web site is located at:
The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Labor & Economic Growth.