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Home heating tax credit deadline nears

Published 9:23am Thursday, September 3, 2009

By JESSICA SIEFF
Niles Daily Star

The distinct chill in the air that first arrived last week was no stretch of the imagination.

Though the sun may shine a while longer, blessing the midwest with warm temperatures, homeowners will soon be faced with finding new ways to keep warm against autumn’s cooler air.

And the end of September will mark the deadline for eligible homeowners to apply for a state Home Heating tax credit.

According to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG), Orjiakor Isiogu, chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) announced that the deadline set for the state’s Home Heating Credit is Sept. 30. The credit, according to the commission, “assists low-income homeowners with winter energy bills.”

“Many times, low-income residents face financial challenges in paying their winter heating bills,” Isiogu said.  “The Home Heating Credit is one way to assist them. The Michigan Public Service Commission encourages low-income people to apply for this important credit before the deadline…”

To be eligible for the credit, the residence must be located in Michigan. Renters are not excluded, as to be eligible one can rent or own their residence.  Certain income requirements also apply.

A chart made available through the DELEG shows the following:

Number of Exemptions    Maximum Income
1                $11, 443
2                $15,415
3                $19,386
4                $23,239
5                $27,301
6 $31,243
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The credit is possible by way of a grant through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

There are other ways to save money this season and into the winter months.

The nonprofit independent organization, Consumer Reports recently put out an article that focused on ways people can save on energy costs.  Some suggestions include sealing areas where heat might be able to escape, making for colder rooms and turning down of the dial on the thermostat, adding insulation and installing new windows where others may allow for a draft.

The article, available online stated, “weatherizing your home can save you up to 30 percent on heating.”

And when it comes to state residents, “low-income customers may also be eligible for other assistance programs administered by utilities and consumer agency programs, and should contact their utility company for more information,” Isiogu added.

Those interested in seeing if they’re eligible for the state home heating credit can get more information on the DELEG’s homepage at www.michigan.gov/dleg.

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