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State says your heating bills were lower this winter

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The Michigan Public Service Commission says that lower natural gas prices and warmer temperatures this winter lowered heating bills for residents and businesses statewide.

"Thanks to both lower natural gas prices and warmer-than-normal temperatures, Michigan's natural gas customers saw lower heating bills this heating season," said MPSC Chairman John D. Quackenbush. "

The MPSC says during the 2012-2013 heating season - considered to be November 2012 through March 2013 - temperatures were 4 percent warmer than normal. In addition, natural gas storage levels in January 2013 (the most recent numbers available) were 11 percent higher than the five-year average, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Michigan benefits - year in and year out - from its capability to store natural gas underground - something most states do not have. Utilities buy natural gas in the summer, when prices are typically lower, and store it underground for use during the heating season.

Nearly 80 percent of Michigan households use natural gas for home heating.

The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

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