The short answer is YES, many of our customers are Xcel Energy utility customers too!
Do you use more than 10 therms per day?
Are you a commercial/business customer?
If you answered YES to both of these questions, then you can save money on your Xcel Energy utility gas bill through SWiTCH Energy while remaining an Xcel Energy public utility customer!
If you want more details, here’s the long answer….
Xcel Energy makes it easy to save
Xcel Energy is one of the best public utility companies in Colorado for this program which is called Third party gas transportation or third party gas supply. They make it very easy for their customers to save money and even advertise the program on their website. (edit: Xcel’s new page is https://gastransport.xcelenergy.com/PSCO) The third party gas transportation market has been available since the early 90s, and Xcel Energy has done a fantastic job making it accessible for commercial customers of any size.
Since becoming a SWiTCH customer won’t change any of your gas lines and your current utility company will continue to service and maintain your gas lines as they’ve always done, it’s surprising that every public utility company doesn’t make it as easy to save as Xcel Energy. .
Save anytime of year
If you find out that SWiTCH can lower your natural gas expenses by 15% tomorrow, then you can tell Xcel the same day that you’ll be signing up with our program. Some of the other utility companies in Colorado only give their customers a few weeks every year to sign up – this is their enrollment period. If you miss that window, you have to wait an entire year before you can start saving. There’s no time restrictions with Xcel Energy.
We have customers all over Colorado and are very familiar with all of the other public utility companies. If you have businesses using Black Hills Energy, Colorado Natural Gas or any of the other utility companies, we will be writing articles just like this one to give you all the information, but please reach out with any questions before those get written.
Save without any investment
Xcel Energy is also great because they don’t charge their customers a fee to start saving. Some of the other public utility companies charge fees starting at $1500, but we’ve seen fees in Colorado as high as $25,000! For a small business that’ll save $1000/yr, a $1500 fee is a small investment that will deliver an ROI in less than 2 years and every year afterward.
Which Xcel Energy customers qualify?
Businesses and non-residential customers that average 10 therms of gas per day are able to save money as an Xcel Energy customer as long as you’ve been a customer for 12 months. To find your daily usage, just look on the left side of page 1 of any bill. If you don’t know how to read your bill, Xcel has a page that tells you how to read your bill here.
If your building is newly constructed, there’s a 12 month wait before you can start saving. Since Xcel Energy can’t earn a profit on the natural gas that flows to your business, we suspect the wait could be to ensure your gas lines are working optimally throughout higher demand time periods, like our Colorado winters.
How do you get started?
If we find savings for your business, Xcel Energy needs a written notice that you’ll be using a third party supplier 30 days before the first day of your next billing cycle. Don’t worry about getting your calendars out though – we’ll take care of that for you. It’s part of the service you can expect from SWiTCH Energy.
What about residential customers?
Currently, residential customers can’t sign up for the same type of savings with any public utility company. The infrastructure isn’t setup for each individual household to switch, but hopefully that will change in the future.
How can I get my free gas quote?
Finding out if your business can save is easy, fast and free. Just grab your last utility bill and contact us. We’ll do the rest to see how much you can save and if you want to take advantage of the program, we’ll handle everything.
We hope this article was helpful and answered all of your Xcel Energy questions. If you still have questions, put them in the comments or contact us. We’ll be happy to help.