“People are upset,” said Eli Power of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning™ in Montrose. “They want to look at alternatives and they’re interested in finding ways to conserve energy.”
With the latest average Colorado household heating bill expected to increase to more than $100 a month, the concern is understandable. Plus, the natural gas hike may not be the end of consumers dipping more heavily into their wallets this winter to stay comfortable. Some electric power generation in the state is fueled by natural gas, so electric companies might be forced to pass along the higher operating costs of generating power in the future.
Power said One Hour recently received 10 calls in one day from consumers, asking what they could do to mitigate the effects of the Xcel rate increase.
“I told them that there’s nothing they can do about the rate hike, but there’s a lot they can do to reduce their energy consumption,” he said. “With the costs going up so dramatically, now’s a good time to be proactive about your home’s heating equipment.”
Power said heating and cooling equipment represents 44 percent of a home’s energy costs, and offers the most opportunity to save money.
Tips From The ProsAmong the options Power communicated to residents include:
For example, One Hour offers a “super tune-up” to do maintenance and evaluate needs, and has a separate energy audit that determines the efficiency of a system and makes recommendations within the owner’s budget.
“People are not interested in somebody trying to sell them something,” Power said. “They want alternatives and solutions that save them money. Otherwise, they don’t want to bother, rate increase or no rate increase.”
Publication date: 10/13/2003