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Utilities Affordability Programs#

Looking for ways to lower your utility bill? Fort Collins Utilities partners with local organizations to provide:

  • emergency assistance for past-due bills and equipment failures
  • long-term, seasonal and monthly bill payment assistance
  • home efficiency upgrades with installation

For more information, watch a two-minute overview of our programs or contact utilitiesaffordability@fcgov.com.

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Core Programs#

UPA

Utilities Pandemic Assistance

Funding is available to help both our residential and commercial customers, including property managers, recover from COVID-related payment issues.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Bill is past-due due to COVID-19
N2N

Neighbor to Neighbor Utility Assistance

If you are struggling to keep up with your utility costs, Neighbor to Neighbor is accepting applications for utility assistance. They also offer rent assistance.

Eligibility Requirements:

PAF

Payment Assistance Fund

Residential customers whose electric or water accounts are past-due may request assistance from the Payment Assistance Fund once per 12-month period (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30).

Eligibility Requirements:

CIP

Crisis Intervention Program

Provides free emergency repair or replacement of failed heating systems. Services are available year-round.

Eligibility Requirements:

Emergency Grant Assistance Program

Grants up to $3,000 for emergencies such as no hot water, burst pipes, and gas leaks. Apply before having work done.

Eligibility Requirements:

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

State program that helps with wintertime heating costs. Apply between Nov. 1- April 30. LEAP establishes eligibility for other programs, including the Income-Qualified Assistance Program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Make 60% or less of State Median Income
  • Permanent legal resident of the U.S. or have household members who are U.S. citizens
  • Pay home heating costs, either directly to utility company or to a landlord as part of rent
IQAP

Income-Qualified Assistance Program

A reduced electric, water and/or wastewater rate that provides 23% off certain elements of these services. The program also facilitates efficiency and conservation opportunities to further lower bills.

Eligibility Requirements:

MAP

Medical Assistance Program

Qualifying households that require medically necessary electrical equipment or air conditioning may receive a discounted electric rate.

Eligibility Requirements:

Water and Energy Assistance Program

Free home efficiency assessments and product installations through Larimer County Conservation Corps (LCCC). Equipment installed includes LED bulbs, sink aerators, showerheads and toilets. Assessments are offered January-May.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Fort Collins Utilities customer
  • Eligible to both renters and homeowners
CARE

Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy Program

Free money-saving weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades for qualifying households.

Eligibility Requirements:

WAP

Weatherization Assistance Program

Free weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades are available for electric customers.

Eligibility Requirements:

LHIP

Larimer Home Improvement Program

Low- to no-interest loans for home repairs and improvements. 

Eligibility Requirements:

Additional Resources#

Xcel Gas and Electric Affordability Program

  • Qualified Xcel customers may receive non-emergency energy assistance.

United Way 2-1-1

  • Information and referral service that provides a comprehensive list of community resources.

Fort Collins Recreation Department Reduced Fee Program

  • The reduced fee program provides people who qualify the opportunity to participate in Recreation programs at a significant discount.

City Discount Programs, Rebates and Services

  • City of Fort Collins offers numerous discounts, rebates, and services for qualifying citizens – including a grocery tax rebate, free indoor air quality assessments, and many more.

Did You Know?

Using an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat or wifi thermostat can help you better control your home's comfort and utility costs.

To keep high-efficiency toilets and sinks performing well, remember to only flush the three Ps and throw FOG in the trash.

Using a microwave oven for warming, reheating or cooking food uses less energy than an electric oven.