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Free cool stuff that could save you cash on your bills

It's the time of year when most of us see our heating and electric bill creeps higher and higher, but experts can make a house call to save you money.

Grand Traverse County, Mich. (WBPN/WGTU) --It's the time of year when most of us see our heating and electric bill creeps higher and higher. Beyond turning off lights when we leave a room and turning down our thermostats, finding ways to cut those costs can be a little overwhelming. As it turns out, there are experts that may be able to come to your house and offer great advice and cool new gadgets, and the best part it is, if you are a DTE customer, it won't cost you a dime.

Dave Delind with DTE says "the Home Energy Consultation Program is a free direct install program where one of my energy specialists comes out and installs free of charge energy saving items into your home." Free stuff that could save me money on my bills sparked my interest enough to make a few phone calls and sign up for my own consultation. Dave and one of his specialists arrived at my house and got right to work identifying areas in my home that could be losing energy and explaining to me simple steps and behavior changes that I could make to increase my comfort and my savings.

The entire process took a little more than an hour. They installed more than $400 in free upgrades to my house, and estimated that over the next year, I could save up to $100 on my bills because of those additions and changes. The program is free, and you don't have to sign up for any additional services to take advantage of it.

To see exactly what they did at my house, you can watch the video above.

To learn more about the DTE consultation and how you can sign up, click here.

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