DTE Energy helps customers apply for home heating credit

DETROIT, April 05, 2005 (PRNewswire) — It’s not too late to get help with this past winter’s heating bills. DTE Energy, parent company of Detroit Edison and MichCon, is helping low-income customers apply for the Home Heating Credit, a state tax credit that can help offset the costs of natural gas or electricity used to heat homes in the winter.

The Home Heating Credit is based on household income, the number of exemptions claimed and the home’s actual heating costs. Special exemptions may be available to customers 65 and older and to people with disabilities. Family Independence Agency recipients and people who receive other public assistance also may be eligible for the Home Heating Credit if they owned or rented a home or apartment in 2004.

Customers are encouraged to call DTE Energy toll-free at (800) 411-4348 for assistance in applying for the credit. Before calling, customers need to have available their dependents’ Social Security numbers. DTE Energy will help customers apply for the credit through Aug. 31. The deadline to file with the state of Michigan is Sept. 30.

In addition to this help, DTE Energy offers a number of payment assistance programs to help customers manage their energy bills and avoid service shut- offs. The company can also help customers work with outside agencies that may provide bill payment help. Customers having trouble paying their utility bills should call DTE Energy at (800) 477-4747.

About DTE [ http://dteenergy.com ]

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its largest operating units are Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, and MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.

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