The two investor-owned electric utilities and all the gas utilities in the State offer energy efficiency programs which include both conservation and energy efficiency. These programs include such measures as shutting off the lights when leaving a room and creating incentives for consumers to buy new, energy efficient home appliances. One form these programs takes is the rebate offered to buyers of new energy efficient appliances, which rebates are available at the appliance retailer. That rebate – or incentive – is paid for by all the utility’s customers, even those that do not upgrade to newer appliances and may never be able to do so (such as a renter). There are ways, however, for a renter to be more energy efficient.
The law refers to energy efficiency as Demand Side Management and the provisions regarding gas energy efficiency are contained in Colorado Revised Statues, Title 40, Article 3.2, Section 103 and the provisions regarding electric energy efficiency are contained in Title 40, Article 3.2, Section 104.
Information on each utility’s energy efficiency programs can be found on their websites, listed below, and more information on energy efficiency can be found through the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Residential and small business consumers use a bulk of their natural gas in the winter for space heating. Since you probably use much more gas in the winter than in the summer, your winter natural gas bills are probably much higher than your summer bills. Many consumers have taken advantage of utility budget billing programs to help even out their energy bills over the year and avoid the high gas bills that can occur in the winter. Contact your utility for more details about these programs.