Get ready for winter! Simple steps to reduce energy usage


As you may have read or seen on the news lately, the cost of energy, including natural gas, is increasing across the United States and around the world as we head into winter months. This is being driven by increased demand and decreased production caused by extreme weather events and the impacts of COVID-19.

At Colorado Natural Gas, we work hard to secure the lowest gas price for our customers and do not make a profit off of the cost of natural gas we deliver to you. While natural gas continues to be the most affordable option for heating your home or business this winter, the commodity price on your upcoming winter heating bills is predicted to be higher than last winter.

With that in mind, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of simple steps you can take to reduce your energy usage, save money, and stay warm this winter season.

Simple steps to reduce energy usage this winter:

  • Clear space around your registers so warm air can flow freely.
  • Close dampers on unused fireplaces and keep garage doors closed to prevent warm air from escaping.
  • Insulate around window and doors to prevent air leaks and keep warm air inside.
  • Soak up the sun by opening curtains on your south-facing windows during the day and let the sunlight heat your home. Then, close them at night to reduce the incoming cold from any drafty windows.
  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).

In addition, Colorado Natural Gas provides free energy assessments to qualifying homes. If you’re considering upgrading to a new natural gas furnace, water heater or installing a smart thermostat, be sure to check out the rebates we offer, too. Visit for more information.

If you or someone you know are having trouble paying utility bills, there are a number of agencies with funds (federal, state, and private) that may be able to help low-income families or needy individuals. The Social Services Department handles LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program) funds provided by the Federal Government. LEAP applications will be accepted November 1st through April 30th. Call your local Social Services Department for all the details and application form or visit You might also be eligible for utility bill payment assistance from Energy Outreach Colorado. Please call 1-866-HEAT-HELP or visit to see if you qualify.

Colorado’s rules on payment help for low-income customers are changing. You can help regulators shape them—get involved, share your comments and learn about energy payment assistance programs at

We’re here to help! If you are having trouble paying your bill, we will work with you to set up a payment plan and help find energy assistance options. Please call our customer service center at 800-720-8193 or visit our Payment Assistance page for more information. We’re working hard to keep energy prices low and to provide the best possible service to you. Thank you for being a Colorado Natural Gas customer.