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Updated December 15, 2009, 10:01 pm

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   Your Natural Gas Energy Value

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Natural Gas offers you reliability and energy efficiency at a remarkably low cost.  It is the environmentally friendly fuel that can save you money.  To help you make sound energy decisions, use this comparison for your appliance energy operating costs based on a variety of energy sources you may have in your home.

Enter your cost below for each energy source that you would like to compare with Consumers Energy natural gas. You may already know that the cost of some fuels, like propane and oil, can change significantly each time you fill your tank. So, to get a true comparison with these fuels, you should enter your average cost.

Fuel Cost Unit
  1. Click on the box to the right of the dollar sign for the fuel you want to compare with natural gas. For your convenience, you can compare as many fuels as you would like.
  2. Fuel costs for propane, oil, charcoal, and wood should be entered as dollars and cents per unit. For example, if your cost of propane is $2.50 per gallon, enter 2.50 in the box to the right of the dollar sign for propane. If your cost for wood is $50.00 per face cord, enter 50.00 in that input box.
  3. Inputs for electricity should be in dollars per kilowatt-hour. The input here should be just as it appears on your electric bill. For example, if your electric bill shows your cost per kWh as 0.090455, you should enter this number. If your total electric consumption on your bill is charged at different costs per kWh, use the average cost.
  4. Once you have entered your costs, click on the SHOW ME button and see how much less you could be paying with Consumers Energy natural gas. This comparison will include our current gas and distribution charge but not the $11.75 per month customer charge.*
Natural Gas Mcf
Electricity kWh
Propane gallon
Fuel oil gallon
Charcoal pound
Wood face cord    

(per season)
Pool Heater
(per summer)
Range Top
(per hour)
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Electricity Electricity Electricity
Propane Propane Propane
Fuel oil Fuel oil Fuel oil
Clothes Dryer
(per hour)
(per hour)
Water Heater
(per year)
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Electricity Electricity Electricity
Propane Propane Propane
Fireplace Logs
(per hour)
Outdoor Grill
(per hour)
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Propane Propane
Wood Charcoal

*  Of course, your actual cost may vary because of the unique features of your home and the type of appliances you have as well as how often you use them. This comparison is based on the average usage of a Consumers Energy natural gas residential customer and the current cost of gas which may vary up or down each month.