Win for renewable energy in Colorado Springs

Published: 7/29/2015  11:25 AM
Our customers are requesting that more of their energy be produced by renewable sources, and we are listening. Starting late next year we will generate enough power from a new solar array for 2,900 to 3,000 homes. With about 300 days of sun per year ...



5 things you should know about energy planning

Published: 7/27/2015  1:21 PM
On Thursday, July 30, we're hosting a public meeting to share nine potential portfolios to shape our future energy planning and operations. The public meeting is part of a process known as the Electric Integrated Resource Plan, or EIRP, and is the t ...



Featured xeriscape plant: Fernbush

Published: 7/23/2015  4:12 PM
Fernbush is a very drought-tolerant shrub native to the western United States. It is grown for its drought tolerance, round shape and beautiful white showy flowers. Fernbush flowers in mid-summer, when it gets panicles of showy white flowers, often ...



Save energy while you're on vacation

Published: 7/21/2015  2:12 PM
Planning one last getaway this summer? Even when you're away, your home may be wasting energy. While I can't confirm your cat hasn't figured out a way to watch your TV (seriously, what do cats do when we leave the house?), more than likely one of th ...



Go for green

Published: 7/16/2015  1:51 PM
For less than $3 per month, you can support renewable energy and bring more wind power to Colorado Springs. At just $2.21 per 100-kilowatt hour block per month for residential customers, our wind power program is an affordable option. Commercial c ...



Now is the time to consider a native grass lawn

Published: 7/15/2015  2:57 PM
This unusually cool and wet weather has kept our lawns pretty happy, but it won’t be long before we’re back to more normal hot and dry weather. At the peak of our typical summer, Coloradans water three days a week to keep lawns looking decent. With ...



Featured xeriscape plant: Jupiter's Beard

Published: 7/8/2015  9:40 AM
Jupiter's Beard is an upright and clump-forming plant with smooth, light green-blue leaves. The flowers are in clusters followed by seedheads that resemble small dandelions. The most common flower color is pinkish red, but there are white flowering ...



Most flushable wipes aren't so flushable

Published: 6/30/2015  11:13 AM
The behind, the derriere, the butt, the bottom, the hiney – hey, we all have them (some more than others, ahem, Kim Kardashian) and most of us don’t like to talk about what it takes to keep ours clean.   Let’s face the facts; a majority of people ...



Lady Liberty in Colorado Springs...I don't think so

Published: 6/29/2015  10:33 AM
What do coins, mobile phones, streetlights and the Statue of Liberty all have in common? Yes, smarty, you can find them all in New York, but that’s not the answer. Try copper. That’s right. Most coins are made from copper and other metals. Mobile ph ...



Water-wise tips for a healthy landscape

Published: 6/25/2015  1:31 PM
July and August are typically the height of the irrigation season, but just because the temperatures rise doesn’t mean your water use has to go up, too. Use these simple tips to maintain a healthy, water-wise landscape while managing your water use. ...



 Next >>

Get ready   

  by  Cheron  on  9/11/2013

car.jpgI like cold weather about as much as I like getting paper cuts. Or finding a spider in my car while driving. (Have you ever had that happen? It’s the worst.) And yet, I never seem to move to a city without a freezing winter.

While there’s nothing I can do about controlling the weather outside this winter, we can all plan ahead to keep that cold weather outdoors – not leaking into your home through window cracks and doors.

Beat the crowds and get your home ready now before the chilly weather hits to lower your energy bill, reduce maintenance costs, and keep your family safe this winter.

Windows and doors

  • Check the condition of putty around windowpanes, and reseal if putty is cracked or coming off.
  • Make sure all windows open and shut properly.
  • A few inexpensive tubes of caulk for your windows and rolls of weather-stripping for your doors can help reduce heating bills by 20 percent.
Heating and ventilation
  • Adjust vents by opening those near the floor and closing those near the ceiling for better winter circulation.
  • Have your heating system checked by a professional before you turn it on for the first time this fall and consider replacing the heating system if it is older than 15 years. Plus, you may be eligible for a rebate for a new furnace.
  • Replace your furnace filters.
  • Install winter covers or remove A/C units for the season.
Air-sealing and insulation
  • Make sure attic insulation is rated at least R30 and walls are R11.
  • Insulate crawl spaces, pipes and ducts running through unheated areas.
  • Check for gaps around pipes and wires that go through exterior walls. Caulk so no air can leak through.
  • If you're making improvements to insulation and air-sealing, see if you qualify for a rebate.
Carbon monoxide safety
  • Never operate a vehicle, lawn mower, snow blower or other fuel-burning equipment in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • Do not use your gas range or oven for heat.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm on each level of your home. Check the expiration date on the ones that you have and replace them if necessary.
 
You can find more cold weather tips at csu.org. If you’ve got any paper cutting or spider prevention tips though, I want to hear ‘em.
 
3  Comments
 

Add a comment

Name:
URL:
Comment*:



hard to believe summer is over! better take these last few warm days to caulk my windows

Thursday, September 19, 2013  8:02 AM  mary

It's sad, isn't it Mary? Good idea; it's better to caulk now than when it's 20 degrees out!

Thursday, September 19, 2013  9:10 AM  Cheron

Great blog !!!!I re-installed my <a href="http://www.windowchoice.ca/windows/casement-awning-windows">fixed casement windows</a> before the winter.I replaced it with an energy star window.

Saturday, November 09, 2013  9:37 AM  Mariya