(02/06/14) - Low temperatures this winter means higher utility bills for most of us.
People who are having problems paying them may get some relief soon.
It's a program called Consumers Affordable Resources for Energy, or CARE, and people have until the end of this month to enroll in the program and space is limited.
This is a collaboration with Consumers Energy, the Department of Human Services and several other organizations.
The program makes it easier for qualified customers to be able to afford their bills during the winter and summer time.
Qualifications for CARE enrollment require someone to be at 150 percent of the federal poverty level or below.
Many of the customers ABC12 spoke with said when they looked at their bills this month, they weren't quite sure how they were going to get it paid - so programs like this should be helpful.
Consumers will take care of a portion of the CARE bill from the time of enrollment through August of this year.
"CARE is particularly special because it allows customers to have 40 percent of their winter bill eliminated while they learn new efficiency standards to help them have manageable bills year around," said Kevin Keane with Consumers Energy.
Customers have until the end of the month to enroll in the program. For more information about who to call if you want to sign up, click HERE.
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