Consumers Energy says it expects its natural gas customers to pay less for their home heating bill this winter.
The Jackson-based utility made the announcement on Monday.
Consumers projects heating costs will be about 3 percent less due to lower fuel prices. The estimate is based on normal weather patterns.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports (http://bit.ly/qmDlrp) an average residential customer can expect to pay about $141 a month. That's down from $145 last winter.
The utility provides natural gas service to 1.7 million customers in 45 counties in the Lower Peninsula.