Tips and resources

EOC’s Energy Education program exists to ensure that Coloradans have the tools and resources they need to understand and control their energy usage.  Here you’ll find helpful tips on how to reduce your home’s energy usage, apply for assistance programs, stabilize energy costs, and understand your bill better.

Would you like to receive periodic texts about energy assistance programs? Reminders may include updates and tips about LEAP, weatherization, furnace repair, bill assistance, and more!

Text your name and zip code to 720.853.1587 and we will add you to our contacts. You can opt-out at any time.

Learn how to make adjustments with heating, cooling, electronics, appliances, lighting and water heating conservation tips.  Learn more…

View a sample bill for tips about actual verse estimate usage, and fee and rate structures. Learn more…

Topics include LEAP, links to EOC Bill Payment and Crisis Intervention programs, and Time of Use education. Learn more…


This graphic shows the amount each category of energy use contributes to a typical Colorado household’s annual energy bill. See the tips below to find out how to conserve energy in each of the usage categories.

Home Energy Breakdown
Heating & Cooling Conservation Tips

Winter Tips

  • Turn down thermostat when away or asleep
  • Open curtains during the day
  • Caulk leaks in windows
  • Summer Tips

  • Turn A/C down or off when away or asleep
  • Close curtains during the day
  • Use fan to circulate air
  • Electronics, Appliances & Lighting Conservation Tips

    Make these Quick Adjustments

  • Set sleep mode on electronics (found in settings menu)
  • Unplug appliances and displays when not in use
  • Set fridge temp to 36-39°F and freezer to 0-5°F
  • If your knob has numbers labeled 1-5, set fridge to 3; if labeled 1-9, set to 4. The higher the number, the colder the fridge.

    Water Heating Conservation Tips

    Adjust & Save

  • Turn down water heater temperature to 120°F
  • If your water heater has a knob, turn it to the ▲ icon
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Add aerators to sinks to reduce water usage

    Below is a sample energy bill with usage information. See tips in the color boxes below the graphs and illustrations for how to read your bill.

    Learn About LEAP

    LEAP, the Low-income Energy Assistance Program, is a federally-funded program that offers a credit to pay heating bills from Nov 1 – April 30 of each year.

    Watch and share these videos for an overview of the program and learn more about how to apply and successfully receive LEAP by viewing our handbook, available in English and Spanish.

    LEAP Application Handbook
    English | Spanish

    To learn more about Energy Outreach Colorado’s programs for individuals, click here. Our Bill Payment and Crisis Intervention programs encourage qualifying applicants to also apply to the Colorado Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP).

    Learn about the new Time-of-Use Rates

    Click on our brochure to learn more about smart meters, time-of-use rates and how to shift usage of electricity to avoid high bills.

    Time of Use Education