Craig briefs: Atmos urges savings by cutting energy use

Atmos Energy is encouraging its customers to save money on their winter heating bills by reducing their energy usage.

“A little planning goes a long way when it comes to reducing winter heating bills,” Colorado/Kansas Division President Gary Gregory said.

Energy-saving tips:

  • Change or clean furnace filters once each month during the heating season.
  • Set your water heater’s temperature at 120 degrees.
  • Set your thermostat to 70 degrees during the day and 58 degrees when away from home for more than a few hours.
  • Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close cabinet and closet doors on outside walls.

If you are having trouble paying your utility bill, visit to learn more about energy assistance programs.

Low-income customers are eligible for federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps pay energy bills and weatherize homes.

State’s new car, truck sales up in November

Colorado new car and truck sales are up 22.8 percent in November compared to the same month last year.

They also have increased 12.8 percent during the first 11 months of 2013 compared to a year earlier.

Those results and more are available in the November 2013 Colorado Auto Outlook Report released today by the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), according to a release. 

New vehicle registrations for Dodge, Porsche, RAM, BMW, Subaru, and Lexus each increased more than 28 percent during the first 11 months of this year. Dodge led the way with a 46.5 percent increase; followed by Porsche at 33.8 percent; Ram at 33.3 percent; BMW at 29.3 percent; Subaru at 28.3 percent; and Lexus at 28.1 percent.

Tim Jackson, president of CADA, said, “To put November numbers in a historic context, this is the second-best monthly performance for car and truck sales at 22.8 percent, over the past 12 months. Only February 2013 (26.5 percent increase over February 2012) performed better this year as a stand-alone month. Plus, all indicators point to a very strong year-end for auto and truck sales in Colorado, which will be interesting to watch as December was not historically a big month for new car sales until recent years.”

Jackson said compact SUVs, full-size pickups and compact luxury SUVs sectors continued to lead in market share gains and have now for the last nine consecutive months.

Meanwhile, the used vehicle market in Colorado was up 20.7 percent in November 2013 (vehicles seven years old or newer) and have improved 4.7 percent, year-to-date.

 For a complete copy of the November 2013 Colorado Auto Outlook Report, email The InterPro Group at, or call 303-503-6677.


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