Colorado Natural Gas is a leading utility company in the state of Colorado, providing 3 million gas and electric customers with energy services. It is also one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases in the state, with buildings being the third most important source. To help consumers manage their energy bills, Xcel Energy offers a free comprehensive energy assessment that can help them understand their energy consumption and prioritize steps to improve efficiency. In addition, budgetary utility billing programs are available to match energy bills throughout the year and avoid high gas bills in winter.
Low-income consumers can also take advantage of programs offered by both electric and natural gas companies in Colorado. Atmos Energy has been authorized by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to interrupt or refuse service under certain circumstances. Elephant Energy, a Boulder-based startup, is another great resource for those looking to reduce their natural gas consumption. Co-founder Josh Lake specializes in renovating homes to run on electricity instead of natural gas and other fossil fuels. Residential and small business consumers typically use natural gas for space heating in winter, as 68 percent of homes across the state are heated by natural gas furnaces according to federal data. To help consumers save on their energy bills, both inverter-owned electricity companies and all of the state's gas companies offer energy efficiency programs that include conservation and energy efficiency measures.
Local governments can also take advantage of the valuable relationships that utility companies maintain with business groups such as home builders, home energy evaluators, contractors and energy service companies. Electricity and natural gas services that provide retail services to consumers are regulated by federal, state and local agencies. Consumers should be aware of their rights and responsibilities as customers of Colorado Atmos Energy natural gas.