April 10, 2008

DTE Energy Helps Customers Apply for Home Heating Credit

DETROIT, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy, parent company of Detroit Edison and MichCon, is helping low-income customers apply for the Home Heating Credit, a state energy 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. Department of Human Services recipients and people who receive other public assistance also may be eligible for the credit if they owned or rented a home or apartment in 2007.

Customers are encouraged to call DTE Energy toll-free at (800) 411-4348 for assistance in applying for the Home Heating Credit. Before calling, customers should have available their household income and their dependents' Social Security numbers and dates of birth. DTE Energy will help customers apply for the credit through Sept. 26. 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.

DTE Energy

CONTACT: Len Singer, +1-313-235-8809, or Lorie N. Kessler,+1-313-235-8807, both of DTE Energy

Web site: http://www.dteenergy.com/