Fort Collins Utilities Rates#
We work hard to make sure you enjoy some of the lowest rates in the Front Range.#
Fort Collins Utilities is community-owned and operated. We don’t have investors or shareholders to answer to. We are not motivated by profit generation. Because of this, money collected from rates stays in Fort Collins and we typically see lower prices (when compared to similar communities). We also rely on local decision-making to determine how services are provided.
Our prices are based on the costs needed to serve our customers. Rates are regularly reviewed. We adjust them to reflect the costs of providing reliable and quality services. Customer payments fund ongoing maintenance, infrastructure improvements, and construction projects.
We know rate increases affect our customers, and we work hard to control costs and operate as efficiently as possible. Typically, City Council approves rates in November and the new rates go into effect in January. February bills reflect the new costs.
- Electric: 5% average increase due to a wholesale cost increase, costs related to distribution operation and maintenance and capital investment projects like transformer and streetlight replacements.
- Water: 4% increase to help fund capital investments like pipe and meter replacements and the water treatment facility roof replacement.
- Wastewater: 4% increase to help fund capital investments like improvements at the Drake Water Reclamation Facility and collection system replacement.
- Stormwater: 3% increase to help fund capital investments like the Oak Street Outfall and stream rehabilitation.
Average Single-Family Monthly Bill Comparison
Utility 2022 2023 $ Change % Change
$80.01 $84.01 $4.00 5%
$49.03 $50.99 $1.96 4%
4,800 gallons/month WQA
$34.25 $35.62 $1.37 4%
8,600 sq. ft. lot, light runoff
$21.74 $22.40 $0.65 3% Total Average Bill $185.04 $193.02 $7.98 4.3%
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.
- Electric: 2% increase due to a projected wholesale cost increase.
- Water: No rate increase.
- Wastewater: No rate increase.
- Stormwater: No rate increase
Track Your Energy and Water Use
Set up an online profile with MyEnergy and MyWater to view detailed electricity and water usage. Monitor use overtime to understand costs and conserve resources.
Programs and Rebates
Everyone can make a difference, whether it’s efficient lawn watering, turning off the lights when not in the room or completing more in-depth efficiency upgrades on your property. Each individual action adds up and we wouldn’t be able to do it without you.
Make Your Utilities More Affordable
Looking for ways to lower your utility bill? Fort Collins Utilities partners with local organizations to provide emergency and long-term bill payment assistance and home efficiency upgrades with installation.
Did You Know?
Pre-cooling your home before 2 p.m. during the summer and coasting through the on-peak hours can save money on your utility bill.
It is recommended that you aerate your lawn once a year.
Watering only when grass turns a dull, grey-green color and footprints remain helps save water and money.