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Residential Electric Rates#

2021 Rate Changeshighlight_off

In 2021, a typical residential customer, based on average annual use, could expect to see an increase of approximately $3/month.

  • Electric: 2.6% increase based on cost-of-service model updates (varies by rate class).
  • Water: 2% increase to help with fire-related water quality impacts and watershed health costs.
  • Wastewater: No rate increase.
  • Stormwater: No rate increase.

Single-Family Monthly Bill Comparison#

Utility 2020 2021 $ Change % Change
Electric $78.52 $80.56 $2.04 2.6%
Water $48.07 $49.03 $0.96 2%
Wastewater $34.24 $34.24 $0 0%
Stormwater $16.04 $16.04 $0 0%
Total Average Bill $176.87 $179.87 $3 1.7%
Make the Most of TOD While at Home – Electricity-Saving Tipshighlight_off
  • Home office and overall electronics typically use very little electricity (1 cent or less per hour on average), and because non-summer on-peak hours don’t begin until 5 p.m., most typical workdays will be wrapping up before on-peak hours begin (5-9 p.m., October-April).
  • Many residents have found it convenient to get higher electric-use chores out of the way before the on-peak hours begin by throwing in a load of laundry or running their dishwasher in the morning or early afternoon while working from home.
  • When warm enough, you can save ~50 cents/load by hanging your laundry on a clothesline. Clotheslines are allowed everywhere in Fort Collins.
  • While you are home, manage the shades to maximize sun coming in and help your home feel warmer.
  • Program or manually adjust your thermostat to heat your home before 5 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and set it lower during the 5-9 p.m. on-peak hours.
  • If possible, take a break from your work and prepare food earlier in the day and reheat meals in the evening.

More Tips

Take Control of Your Electric Bill Fact Sheet - Click for PDF

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Financial Assistancehighlight_off

If you are unable to pay your bill, please contact us as soon as possible at 970-212-2900 to set up a payment arrangement or to be connected with one of our partner agencies that distribute payment assistance on our behalf. You may also request payment assistance by calling Catholic Charities Larimer County, 970-484-5010, or La Familia/The Family Center, 970-221-1615. 

Utilities’ Affordability Program offers additional resources, including the Income-Qualified Assistance Program (discounted rates to customers who receive LEAP/applications accepted through LEAP), Payment Assistance Fund and Medical Assistance Program.

When You Use Electricity Is As Important As How Much You Use#

Throughout the year, most customers use approximately 80% of their electricity during the lower-priced, off-peak hours.

With TOD, the price you pay for your electric use changes based on the time of day, day of the week and season. TOD has two levels of pricing: off-peak and on-peak, and two seasons: non-summer and summer. 

Off-peak prices are approximately 70% less than on-peak prices. Save money by shifting your electric use to the lower-priced, off-peak hours or by reducing your overall use.

  • Off-peak hours: 19-20 hours each weekday (depending on the season), all weekend hours and major holidays  
    • Major holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas (as observed)
    • See pricing details below.
  • On-peak non-summer hours (Oct, 1 - April 30): 5-9 p.m., weekdays only
    • See below pricing details below. 
  • On-peak summer hours (May 1 - Sept. 30): 2-7 p.m., weekdays only
    • See below pricing details below.

Pricing Details#

TOD Pricinghighlight_off

Time-of-Day Residential Rate Change Request Form.

Fort Collins Utilities has verified rate assignments based on whether a residence is heated entirely by non-electric heat sources (gas furnaces or gas boilers) or all-electric heat sources (electric baseboards or electric heat pumps). 

Residential customers with gas furnaces or gas boilers (approximately 90+ percent of customers) are on the TOD Rate as shown below.

Residential customers with electric baseboards or electric heat pumps (those with all-electric heat homes without gas heating) are on the Electric Heat TOD Rate as shown in the 'TOD Pricing - Electric Heat Customers' section.

TOD Pricing Estimator

TOD Rate (Includes PILOTs)
This rate applies to all residential customers who have a gas furnace or gas boiler that serves as the primary heat source.

Examples:

  • Residences heated with a gas furnace for any portion of the home.
  • Residences heated by hot water baseboards via a gas boiler.
  • Residences heated by a geothermal or mini-split heat pump without backup electric baseboard heat.
Effective January 2021
Fixed Charge
Paid by all customers each month
$8.59

Summer
May-September

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.

26.24¢ / kWh

($0.2624 / kWh)

Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*

7.19¢ / kWh

($0.0719 / kWh)

Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.

22.42¢ / kWh

($0.2242 / kWh)

Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*

7.19¢ / kWh

($0.0719 / kWh)

Tier Charge
Additional charge for all kWh used in excess of 700 kWh in any month.

2.46¢ / kWh

($0.0246 / kWh)

*New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas (as observed)

 

Check out our printable rates sheet for more information.

Actual charges may vary due to rounding.

Service charges may apply.

TOD Pricing - Electric Heat Customershighlight_off

Time-of-Day Residential Rate Change Request Form.

Fort Collins Utilities has verified rate assignments based on whether a residence is heated entirely by non-electric heat sources (gas furnaces or gas boilers) or all-electric heat sources (electric baseboards or electric heat pumps).

Residential customers with electric baseboards or electric heat pumps (homes without gas heating) are on the Electric Heat TOD Rate, as shown below, without a tier charge for use over 700 kWh.

Customers with gas furnaces or gas boilers are placed on the TOD Rate as shown in the above 'TOD Pricing' section. 

TOD Pricing Estimator

Electric Heat TOD Rate (Includes PILOT*)
This rate applies to all residential customers with all-electric heating (electric-resistive) as the primary heat source for the home.

Examples:

  • Residences heated solely by electric baseboard heaters.
  • Residences heated by an electric heat pump through a central duct system.
  • Residences heated by a geothermal or mini-split heat pump with backup electric baseboard heat.
Effective January 2021

Fixed Charge
Paid by all customers each month

$8.59

Summer
May-September

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.

27.08¢ / kWh

($0.2708 / kWh)

Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*

8.04¢ / kWh

($0.0804 / kWh)

Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.

23.26¢ / kWh

($0.2326 / kWh)

Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*

8.04¢ / kWh

($0.0804 / kWh)

Tier Charge
There is not a tier charge for this rate.
N/A
*New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas (as observed)  

Check out our printable rates sheet for more information.

*PILOTs: A 6 percent payment in lieu of taxes that is calculated on electric, water and wastewater rates. PILOTs are a payment to the City's general fund to replace revenue the City would have received from the utility in taxes and franchise fees if the utility were privately owned.

Only the primary heating source determines the type of TOD rate for customers, not solar (PV), electric vehicle charging or other factors.

Actual charges may vary due to rounding.

Service charges may apply.

TOD Pricing - Solar Customershighlight_off

Residential Solar#

For an example of your net metering bill, click here.

Solar PV (net metered) customers will continue to receive credits for solar energy returned to the grid, based on the off-peak and on-peak hours as shown below.

Fort Collins Utilities verified TOD rate assignments based on whether a residence is heated primarily by non-electric heat sources (gas furnaces or gas boilers) or by all-electric heat sources (electric baseboards or electric heat pumps) according to Larimer County Assessor records.

Only the primary heating source determines the type of TOD rate for customers, not solar (PV), electric vehicle charging or other factors.

Residential customers with gas furnaces or gas boilers (approximately 90+ percent of customers) are on the TOD Rate. Residential customers with electric baseboards or electric heat pumps (homes without gas heating) are on the Electric Heat TOD Rate.

TOD Pricing Estimator

TOD Credit Rate  Electric Heat TOD Credit Rate 
Effective January 2021
This rate applies to all residential customers who have a gas furnace or gas boiler that serves as the primary heat source. This rate applies to all residential customers with electric-resistive (all-electric) heating as the primary heat source for the home.

Examples:

  • Residences heated with a gas furnace or boiler for any portion of the home.
  • Residences heated by hot water baseboards via a gas boiler.
  • Residences heated by a geothermal or mini-split heat pump without backup electric baseboard heat.
Solar Credits

Examples:

  • Residences heated solely by electric baseboard heaters.
  • Residences heated by an electric heat pump through a central duct system.
  • Residences heated by a geothermal or mini-split heat pump with backup electric baseboard heat.
Solar Credits
Summer
May-September
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.

-24.18¢ / kWh
(-$0.2418)

Summer
May-September

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.
-24.80¢ / kWh
(-$0.2480)
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*
-6.21¢ / kWh
(-$0.0621)
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*
-6.83¢ / kWh
(-$0.0683)
Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.
-20.57¢ / kWh
(-$0.2057)
Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.
-21.19¢ / kWh
(-$0.2119)
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*
-6.21¢ / kWh
(-$0.0621)
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*

-6.83¢ / kWh
(-$0.0683)

*New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas (as observed)

Credits for returned energy do not have a tiered rate component.

Only the primary heating source determines the type of TOD rate for customers, not solar (PV), electric vehicle charging or other factors.

Check out our printable rates sheet for more information.

Community Solar#

For an example of your community solar bill, click here

Community Solar customers will continue to receive credits for solar energy returned to the grid by the Riverside array, based on the off-peak and on-peak hours as shown below. 

TOD Pricing Estimator

Community Solar TOD Rate 
Effective January 2021 Community Solar Credits 

Summer
May-September 

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m. 

-23.10¢ / kWh
($0.2310 / kWh)

Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays* 

-5.13¢ / kWh
($0.0513 / kWh)

Non-Summer
October-April 

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m. 

-19.49¢ / kWh
($0.1949 / kWh)

Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*

-5.13¢ / kWh
($0.0513 / kWh)
*New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas (as observed)

Credits for returned energy do not have a tiered rate component.

Check out our printable rates sheet for more information.

Actual charges may vary due to rounding.

Service charges may apply.

FAQs#

Can I Get Help Paying My Bill?highlight_off

Fort Collins Utilities partners with local organizations to provide efficiency, conservation and bill payment assistance programs, including the Payment Assistance Fund and Income-Qualified Assistance Program, through our Affordability Programs.

Income-Qualified Assistance Program (IQAP) - Customers who qualify for the low-income energy assistance program (LEAP) may be qualified to receive a 23 percent discount on certain components of their monthly electric, water and wastewater bills.

Utilities also has a Medical Assistance Program (MAP), which offers medical rate discounts for customers who require medical equipment and/or air conditioning for medical purposes.

What Can I Do To Lower My Bill?highlight_off

TOD gives you more control over your bill because you can shift your electricity use to off-peak hours when it costs less. You also can save money if by reducing your overall energy use.

Larger appliances use more energy and cost more to use during on-peak hours. Consider shifting when you use of larger appliances to off-peak hours or weekends:

  • Start the dishwasher right before bed or first thing in the morning.
  • Do loads of laundry and use your electric clothes dryer in off-peak hours or on the weekends.
  • In the summer, consider pre-cooling your home before 2 p.m. and coasting through on-peak hours.
  • In the winter, consider pre-heating your home before 5 p.m. and coasting through on-peak hours.

More Money-Saving Tips

Why TOD Pricing?highlight_off

Fort Collins Utilities uses TOD pricing because it aligns with the actual cost of producing electricity. As a community-owned, cost-of-service utility, one of our main goals is to pass on the cost of electricity to our customers in a more fair and equitable way.

The cost to produce electricity changes throughout the day based on when it is used. When people use more electricity, the cost goes up; when people use less, it goes down. TOD prices align electricity costs with market prices. Higher customer demands during on-peak hours drive higher costs. This means that prices are lower during off-peak hours when demand and utility costs are also lower.

Our rates are designed to recover the costs of providing electricity. This includes purchased power costs (generation and transmission); distribution costs (infrastructure, such as cables, transformers, substations and capital expenses); and operational costs (system maintenance, vehicle/truck maintenance, efficiency programs and overhead).

The switch to TOD pricing in 2018 was not a rate increase, rather it was designed to generate the same amount of revenue on an annual basis as the previous rate structure.

What Are On-Peak Hours?highlight_off

On-peak hours are the times of day when residential electricity demand (use) is highest in our community. Because on-peak hours are driven by customer demand, they also change based on the seasons:

  • On-peak non-summer hours (Oct. 1 - April 30): 5-9 p.m., weekdays only
  • On-peak summer hours (May 1 - Sept. 30): 2-7 p.m., weekdays only
  • See pricing details above.
How Are On-Peak Hours Determined?highlight_off

On-peak hours were determined by analyzing residential electric use over 10 years. These hours were designed to include the period of time when demand for electricity was the highest (e.g., the peaks). Fort Collins Utilities made the on-peak hours as narrow as possible so customers could choose to avoid on-peak hours if able and encourage shifting electric use to off-peak hours.

Why Does It Cost More If I Use Energy During On-Peak Hours?highlight_off

Electric rates are higher during on-peak hours because this is when people use the most electricity across the community. Higher demand increases the cost that Fort Collins Utilities pays for electricity. That increased cost includes more infrastructure needed to generate more electricity and an increase in the amount Fort Collins Utilities pays to Platte River Power Authority, our local wholesale energy provider. TOD is a more fair and equitable pricing structure that represents a more accurate cost of the electricity that Fort Collins Utilities provides.

Why Is The Price Higher When Most People Are At Home?highlight_off

Because more people are at home, there is higher customer demand (use). Higher demands increase the cost to produce electricity during this time. Our rates are designed to recover the costs of providing electricity. This means that prices are lower during off-peak hours when demand and utility costs are also lower.

Does Fort Collins Utilities Make More Money with TOD Rates?highlight_off

No, as a cost-of-service utility, Utilities is not legally able to generate a profit. The switch to TOD pricing was not a rate increase. The rate structure was designed to generate the same amount of revenue on an annual basis as the previous rate structure. Off-peak prices are lower than the previous tiered rate, while on-peak prices are higher. Doing this equals approximately the same amount of revenue as the previous tiered structure, except that now there is more flexibility for customers to control their electric costs. 

In fact, a study after the first year on TOD showed that Fort Collins Utilities and the majority of residential customers paid less overall due to a decrease in electricity use. Less overall electricity use, especially during on-peak hours, could lead to long-term cost savings as less new renewable energy will need to be purchased.

What Does Cost-of-Service Mean?highlight_off

Cost-of-service is the cost it takes to produce and deliver a service such as electricity. There are a lot of moving parts to make sure you have reliable electricity every time you flip the switch.

Cost-of-service reflects the costs connected to the distribution and daily operational costs related to delivering electricity. This includes purchased power costs (generation and transmission); distribution costs (infrastructure, such as cables, transformers, substations and capital expenses); and operational costs (system maintenance, vehicle/truck maintenance, efficiency programs and overhead).

Fort Collins Utilities does not make a profit, a legal requirement for a municipal-owned Utility.

How Do I Read My Bill?highlight_off

Utility Bill Changes

'Starting' and 'Ending' electric reads will no longer show on customer utility bills because charges are now calculated on electric use during on-peak and off-peak hours for each day of the service period. 'Electric History' prior to the TOD conversion will not be available on bills, though electric history will continue to show from TOD conversion moving forward.

The electric line item descriptions on your bill will be associated with your off-peak and on-peak energy use. If the billing period crosses between a non-summer and summer month, your bill will break out the use for each season according to the different prices.

Standard Residential Bill#

Residential Net Metering Bill#

Residential Community Solar Bill#

Residential IQAP Bill#

For detailed information, see the Fort Collins City Code Chapter 26, starting with section 26-462.