Feb 9, 2011 6:48 AM by Andy Koen

Heating help

Our heaters are working over time as temperatures are expected to dip well below zero again today. All of that extra usage could leave customers with sticker shock when their bill comes in the mail.

To help keep utility bills manageable, Colorado Springs Utilities customers can enroll the budget billing program. Rather than receiving bills that fluctuate with use, customers who use budget billing pay a flat rate that is calculated by averaging their utility costs out over a year. This tends to reduce your actually bill amount during high energy use months and increase it during low energy use months.

Click here to to see an example.

Additionally, people who earn less than 185 percent of the national poverty level can apply for the Low-income Energy Assistance Program or LEAP. This program provides utility customers in Colorado with emergency financial assistance to pay for their heating bills.

The enrollment period is open from November 1, 2010 until April 30, 2011. The following table provides the maximum monthly income levels for a household to qualify, based on the number of people living there.

Household Size   Maximum Gross Monthly Income
1 $1,670
2  $2,246
3  $2,823
4  $3,400
5  $3,976
6  $4,553
7  $5,129
8  $5,706
Each additional person


Click here for a LEAP application and mail it to your county LEAP office.

Customers in emergency situations who have already received a disconnect notice from Colorado Springs Utilities can apply for Project COPE. It's a one-time payment intended to help keep the heat from being turned off. Click here to read more.




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