Consumers Energy Customers Urged to Keep Gas and Electric Meters Free of Snow, Ice

December 2, 2008

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ — With wintry temperatures, cold and
snow blanketing parts of Michigan, Consumers Energy is once again reminding
its electric and gas customers to keep safety in mind by following some simple
steps to keep their meters clear.

One of the best ways customers can help ensure the safety of meter readers
as well as the proper operation of natural gas and electric meters is by
keeping the meters free of snow and ice buildup. Snow and ice can often hide
potentially hazardous situations. A clear path to the meter and no obstacles
around the meter location helps meter readers do their job efficiently and

Whenever possible, sidewalks, stairways and gate areas should also be kept
free of ice and snow. For indoor meters, the path leading to the meter should
be kept clutter-free and well lighted to help spot potential hazards.

“If customers take these steps, it will make their gas and electric meters
easier to read and will also reduce the need for estimating your energy use,”
said Rufus Gladney, executive manager of energy services, west for the

“We sincerely appreciate the cooperation of our customers to help us
obtain efficient and accurate readings in a safe work environment. Their
assistance can also mean the difference between an injury-free employee visit
and an accident,” Gladney added.

As an additional safety precaution, customers are encouraged to secure
dogs away from all meters.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation
provides natural gas and electric utility to nearly 6.5 million of Michigan’s
10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Source: newswire

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