As every home and business owner in Colorado knows, natural gas prices are at record highs this heating season. So, we implemented drastic measure to cut our natural gas consumption. Many of our windows have gotten heavy velvet curtains, the thermostat is set at about 62 degrees Farenheit, blankets are piled thick on beds in the evening, and layers have become the norm in our house during the day.
It is gratifying, however, to see results from these efforts. In the latest Xcel Energy bill, our natural gas useage was down 39% from the same month a year ago, despite the fact that last year was a couple of degrees warmer than this one. We are probably paying the same amount of money per month as we were last year, but that in itself is an accomplishment.