JACKSON, Mich., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With Michigan now entering summer, Consumers Energy is encouraging residents and businesses to manage their energy bills for all seasons by enrolling in the monthly Budget Plan.
"We want to provide our customers with the tools to manage their bills and avoid surprises when Michigan weather leads to higher energy usage. The Budget Plan does both, delivering a predictable bill without surprises each month," said Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy's vice president of customer operations and quality.
The Budget Plan works by evening out bill payments over time. Instead of paying more when energy usage is highest – such as during the recent extremely cold winter – residents or businesses pay a set monthly amount.
More than 300,000 Consumers Energy homes and businesses are enrolled in the Budget Plan today.
June is the ideal time for customers who use natural gas to enroll because it is the first month of the Budget Plan year. Electric-only customers should sign up in October.
Residents and business owners also can streamline their bill paying by coordinating the Budget Plan with Consumers Energy's Direct Pay or online debit and credit card payment options. Customers who choose the Direct Pay service can receive their energy bill electronically via e-mail or receive a paper bill.
"We're working hard to keep the price of natural gas and electricity low for the Michigan residents we serve," Rochow said. "It's important to know that we offer many ways to pay and that we can work with anyone who needs assistance to pay their bill."
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
HOW TO ENROLL: Learn more about the Budget Plan and enroll online at ConsumersEnergy.com/budgetplan. Or call 800-477-5050.
WAYS TO PAY: Consumers Energy customers have several bill payment options. Learn more at ConsumersEnergy.com/waystopay.
SOURCE Consumers Energy