There are a lot of scams out there where people pretend to be utility companies and say they'd cut off your service or charge you extra if you don't do something.

But, if you're one of the 18,000 homes in Michigan that gets this notice from DTE Energy, you'll want to take it seriously.

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DTE inspects more than 100,000 indoor gas meters a year. This process, which is mandated by the state of Michigan, is not only a regulatory requirement but also a crucial step in ensuring the safety of homes.

Why Annual Inspections Matter:

Michigan mandates that DTE Energy performs yearly inspections on the gas meters in customers' homes. This isn't just paperwork - it's a vital safety measure.

The goal is to make sure everything is in tip-top shape, keeping customers and their loved ones secure. So while you may think it's annoying, it could be life-saving in ways you can't predict.

Has DTE asked you to schedule your inspection? Take it seriously.

We're all busy, and they get that. That's why you should receive a friendly reminder to schedule a convenient time for their mandatory inspection. If you haven't received one of these yet, expect to hear from DTE when you are due for one.

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What happens if you skip out? Well, DTE Energy will be legally left with no choice but to temporarily halt the gas supply to your home until they are able to get to you and inspect.

Obviously, this is super annoying and could really ruin your day if you have your service suddenly cut off, but that's not the only way that it will make your life more difficult. The cost of restoring gas can add up to a hefty $6,000 - definitely not the kind of surprise anyone wants.

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While DTE aims to perform 100,000 gas meter safety inspections for Michiganders annually, there are still about 18,000 customers who are overdue for their inspections.

So make sure you don't get left without your gas service, it's not a scam- it's going to keep you legal and safe. You can get more details on their website.

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