How you'll save $50 this winter

If you're feeling a little light in the wallet, there is good news from Consumers Energy.

The company says the average residential natural gas customer can look forward to saving about $50 in lower heating costs this winter.

In a news release, Tim Sparks, Consumers Energyâ??s vice president of energy supply operations says "we know that many family budgets are tight these days and every savings helps out." Sparks noted that Consumers Energy is among the lowest-cost natural gas companies in Michigan.

Compared to 5 years ago, an average residential customerâ??s bill this heating season is down about $200 as a result of steps taken by Consumers Energy. Michiganâ??s largest gas utility has lowered its fuel costs by 44 percent, saving customers $260 million this winter compared to five years ago.