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Residential Electric Rates

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.

 

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 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 (October-April) hours: 5-9 p.m., weekdays only
    • See below pricing details below.
  • On-peak summer (May-September) hours: 2-7 p.m., weekdays only
    • See below pricing details below.
Bar chart representation of TOD rates

If you use more than 700 kWh of electricity a month, you are billed an additional $0.0194 (1.94¢) per kWh over 700 kWh (except for all-electric heat homes).

Why TOD Pricing?

TOD pricing is a rate structure change and not a rate increase. We do not anticipate additional revenue. The intention of TOD pricing is to more equitably pass through the costs of electricity to customers. 

As a community-owned, cost-of-service utility, 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).

Tips, Tools and Resources

Take Control of Your Electric Bill

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. Remember, it’s not just about using less electricity, it’s also about using it at the right time of day.

Programs, Services and Rebates

Learn about our efficiency and conservation programs, services, rebates and home energy audits.

Keep an eye on your hourly, daily and monthly electric use with our Monitor My Use tool.

Check out a Home Energy Monitor from the library to identify which appliances use the most energy in your home, and take action to reduce energy use during on-peak hours.

What Uses the Most Electricity?
Appliances from Highest to Lowest Electric Use
1. Electric Water Heater 8. Microwave 15. Fan
2. Central Air Conditioner 9. Window/Room Air Conditioner 16. Video Game Console
3. Electric Clothes Dryer 10. Furnace Fan (for a gas furnace) 17. Computer / TV
4. All-Electric Baseboard Heating (12 feet) 11. Dishwasher 18. LED Light Bulb
5. Electric Oven 12. Clothes Washer 19. Cell Phone Charger
6. Space Heater 13. Large Inflatable Holiday Decoration  
7. Electric Vehicle (Level 1 charger) 14. LED Holiday Light String  

Learn what it costs to operate common household appliances and electronics.

Appliance Comparison Cheat Sheet

Find out more about appliance and electronic electric use and costs with our Home Electricity Use By Room tool.

Home Electricity Use By Room Tool

Consider These Energy-Saving Actions

Appliances:

  • Save approximately 50¢ per load by drying your laundry during off-peak hours. Consider line drying clothing whenever possible to save even more.
  • Run your dishwasher in the morning, later in the evening/night or on weekends.
  • Incorporate stove-free dinners into your week when possible. Whether it's leftovers, using slow cookers, grilling or working in cold meals, there are several ways to enjoy dinner without using your electric stove or oven. 
  • Enroll your electric water heater in Peak Partners and automatically shift when your water is heated.

Heating and Cooling:

  • Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter months and a few degrees higher in the summer months, especially during on-peak hours. (U.S. Department of Energy recommends 78° in the summer and 68° in the winter).
    • Every 2 degrees higher you set your air conditioner can save up to 14% on cooling costs.
  • Save up to 10% on heating bills by using a programmable or smart thermostat to minimize heating when away from home or asleep. (Be sure to check out these instant rebates.)
  • Try pre-cooling your home before 2 p.m. during the summer and pre-heating it before 5 p.m. in the winter and coasting through the on-peak hours.
  • Use sunlight to your advantage. In the winter, leave curtains open during the day to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to shut out the cold. In the summer, close curtains during the day while you are gone to keep out the hot sun. 
  • In warmer months, choose fans before air conditioning, especially during on-peak hours.

Electronics: 

  • Charge electronics and electric vehicles overnight.
  • Reduce ‘vampire’ power waste by unplugging electronics that are not in use or plugging them into a smart power strip.
  • Turn off electronics, such as the TV, computer and video game console, when not in use.

Lighting:

  • Install LED light bulbs, which use 75% less electricity than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
  • Turn off lights when not in use and when you leave the room.
TOD Pricing

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 2019
Fixed Charge
Paid by all customers each month
$6.78

Summer
May-September

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

24.08¢ / kWh

($.2408 / kWh)

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

6.93¢ / kWh

($.0693 / kWh)

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

21.63¢ / kWh

($.2163 / kWh)

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

6.74¢ / kWh

($.0674 / kWh)

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

1.94¢ / kWh

($.0194 / kWh)

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

 

Actual charges may vary due to rounding.

Service charges may apply.

TOD Pricing - Electric Heat Customers

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 2019

Fixed Charge
Paid by all customers each month

$6.78

Summer
May-September

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

24.75¢ / kWh

($.2475 / kWh)

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

7.60¢ / kWh

($.0760 / kWh)

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

22.30¢ / kWh

($.2230 / kWh)

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

7.41¢ / kWh

($.0741 / kWh)

Tier Charge
There is not a tier charge for this rate.
0
*New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas (as observed)  

 

*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 Customers

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 
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.

-22.72¢ / kWh
(-$.2272)

Summer
May-September

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.
-23.35¢ / kWh
(-$.2335)
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*
-6.54¢ / kWh
(-$.0654)
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*
-7.17¢ / kWh
(-$.0717)
Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.
-20.41¢ / kWh
(-$.2041)
Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.
-21.04¢ / kWh
(-$.2104)
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*
-6.36¢ / kWh
(-$.0636)
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and major holidays*

-6.99¢ / kWh
(-$.0699)

*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.

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 
  Community Solar Credits 

Summer
May-September 

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m. 

-21.64¢ / kWh

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

-5.46¢ / kWh

Non-Summer
October-April 

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m. 

-19.33¢ / 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.

Actual charges may vary due to rounding.

Service charges may apply.

Need Help Paying Your Bill?

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 Portfolio.

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.

How to Read Your Bill

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.

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