Your energy use is being compared to the usage patterns of a group of nearby, occupied homes that are similar in size to yours.
To provide valid comparisons, we've chosen specific homes that are nearby and have characteristics that typically lead to similar energy needs, such as home size and heating source. And importantly, we only include homes that appear to be occupied at the time of the comparison.
Our goal is to provide you with a comparison that is valid and meaningful. Currently, our report comparisons include 45-100 similar, nearby, occupied homes, and our research shows that for almost all residents this number of homes is a good indication of typical usage. However, there are some factors for which we don't account, such as the number of occupants in the home and special loads like hot tubs and swimming pools. We are currently working on new features that will allow you to provide additional information, which we will use to enhance your neighbor comparison.
It's understandable that some people may have life or housing circumstances that make it difficult to reduce their home's energy use. We aim to provide a wide range of ideas that can address the various needs of our customers and their homes. We encourage you to find out which tips are best for you and search for more ideas. In some cases, you may not be able to realize substantial savings, but we've found that most people can realize at least some savings and we hope we can help you do so.
Efficient households likely take a variety of steps to reduce their energy use, including using the thermostat to manage heating and cooling costs, turning off lights and electronics when not in use and always running full loads in the dishwasher, washer and dryer. The reports provide actionable steps that you can take to help you make your home more efficient.
The square footage of your home that we use in the Home Energy Report is based on data that is collected from public government sources about your home. If the square footage on your report is not correct, you can change it in the "Tell Us About Your Home" section of this website.
We use an energy index, which combines your electricity use (as measured in kWh) and your natural gas use (as measured in GJ) into a single measurement.
Most people are eager to make their home more efficient and save money, but they're not always sure how. The Xcel Energy Colorado Home Energy Reports program is designed to provide more information about your energy use so you can make informed choices and save money.
We want to help you save energy and lower your energy bill. You are among a group of randomly selected Xcel Energy customers included in the Home Energy Reports program, which is designed to help meet this goal.
View all of our tips on the "Ways to Save" page. The and the are good, independent resources for additional information on energy savings.
Yes. To go paperless or receive email in addition to your paper report, log in to your account and select your preference under Report Settings on the "Tell Us About Your Home" page.
Yes. The reports are provided to help you understand your home energy use, save energy and reduce your energy costs. If you would like to opt out, you can do so in the "Tell Us About Your Home" section of this website or by calling the number above.