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Residential Electric Rates#

2022 Rate Changes - Effective Jan. 1, 2022highlight_off

It is Fort Collins Utilities’ rate philosophy that adjustments should be gradual and modest to avoid large increases in any given year.

Small, steady rate increases cover the costs of delivering reliable electric, water, wastewater and stormwater services to our customers now and into the future. Rates provide the funding needed for ongoing maintenance, infrastructure improvements and construction projects throughout our community.

Average Single-Family Monthly Bill Comparison

Utility 2021 2022 $ Change % Change

Electric

700 kilowatt-hours/month

$78.14 $79.70 $1.56 2%

Water

10,000 gallons/month

$49.03 $49.03 $0 0%

Wastewater

4,800 gallons/month WQA

$34.25 $34.25 $0 0%

Stormwater

8,600 sq. ft. lot, light runoff

$21.74 $21.74 $0 0%
Total Average Bill $183.16 $184.73 $1.56 0.9%

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

With TOD, the price you pay for your electric use changes based on the time of day, day of the week and season. TOD pricing offers customers the opportunity to take control of their electric bill and lower their costs. 

Save money by shifting your electric use to the lower-priced, off-peak hours or by reducing your overall use.

FAQs

Clock showing on-peak hours: 2-7 p.m.

On-Peak and Off-Peak Hours

TOD has two levels of pricing: off-peak and on-peak, and two seasons: non-summer and summer.

Bar chart showing summer on-peak hours and prices: 2-7 p.m. (approximately 27 cents per kWh)

Lower-Priced Hours

Off-peak prices are about 70% less than on-peak prices and there are 19-20 off-peak hours each weekday (depending on season).

Did You Know?

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

On-Peak and Off-Peak Hour Detailshighlight_off
  • 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 pricing details below. 
  • On-peak summer hours (May 1 - Sept. 30): 2-7 p.m., weekdays only
    • See pricing details below.
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.

Energy-Saving Tips#

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Shift Your Use

Consider doing household chores like laundry or running your dishwasher before noon, or if you’re a night owl, later in the evening.

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Adjust Your Thermostat

Adjust the setting on your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter months and a few degrees higher in the summer months.

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Avoid Wasting Power

Did you know a lot of electronics use electricity even when turned off? Use power strips or unplug unused appliances to avoid wasting 'vampire' power.

Little changes can make a big difference. Learn how to maximize your savings during on-peak hours and see how costs compare to use certain appliances for one hour during on-peak and off-peak hours. 

More Tips

Pricing Details#

TOD Pricing - Standardhighlight_off

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%+ of customers) are on the Standard 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.

Switch to Electric Heat TOD Rate

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 2022
Fixed Charge - Paid by all customers each month $9.59

Summer
May-September

On-Peak - Monday-Friday, 2-7 p.m.

27.03¢ / kWh

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

7.16¢ / kWh

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

23.52¢ / kWh

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

7.16¢ / kWh

Tier Charge - Additional charge for each kWh used over 700 kWh in any month.

2.46¢ / 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

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 typically 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. 

Should I Be on this Rate?#

Not sure the TOD pricing for electric heat is the right rate for you? Customers with electric heat can choose between the Standard TOD rate with tier and the TOD Electric Heat rate. 

See Which Rate is Right For You

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 2022

Fixed Charge - Paid by all customers each month

$9.59

Summer
May-September

On-Peak - Monday-Friday, 2-7 p.m.

27.81¢ / kWh

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

7.94¢ / kWh

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

24.30¢ / kWh

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

7.94¢ / 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. Actual charges may vary due to rounding. Service charges may apply.

*PILOTs: A 6% 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.

TOD Pricing - Solar Customershighlight_off

Residential Solar#

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.

How to Read Your Net Metering Solar Bill

TOD Credit Rate  Electric Heat TOD Credit Rate 
Effective January 2022
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.

-25.10¢ / kWh

Summer
May-September

On-Peak - Monday-Friday, 2-7 p.m. -25.72¢ / kWh
Off-Peak - All other hours, weekends and major holidays* -6.36¢ / kWh Off-Peak - All other hours, weekends and major holidays* -6.98¢ / kWh
Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak - Monday-Friday, 5-9 p.m. -21.79¢ / kWh Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak - Monday-Friday, 5-9 p.m. -22.41¢ / kWh
Off-Peak - All other hours, weekends and major holidays* -6.36¢ / kWh Off-Peak - All other hours, weekends and major holidays*

-6.98¢ / 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.

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. Actual charges may vary due to rounding. Service charges may apply.

    

      

Community Solar#

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. 

How to Read Your Community Solar Bill

Community Solar TOD Rate 
Effective January 2022 Community Solar Credits 

Summer
May-September 

On-Peak - Monday-Friday, 2-7 p.m. 

-24.02¢ / kWh

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

-5.28¢ / kWh

Non-Summer
October-April 

On-Peak - Monday-Friday, 5-9 p.m. 

-20.71¢ / kWh

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

-5.28¢ / 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.

Resources#

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


Did You Know?

Planting trees on east, southeast, southwest and west exposures reduce solar heat gain and reduce glare through windows.

Replacing older water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and boilers with efficient ENERGY STAR® models can save energy and increase home comfort.

It only takes 12 inches of flowing water to carry off small vehicles. Don’t drive through flood water.