Freeing you from flannel on Valentine's Day

Published: 2/14/2018  1:23 PM
It’s Valentine’s Day – a time for love, passion, overpriced chocolate, foot massages, oily back rubs, flowers, Barry White (for you older kids), Drake (for you younger kids?), panicked guys scrambling at the last minute to buy overpriced chocolate w ...

Colder weather means higher bills

Published: 2/8/2018  9:50 AM
Often, when I talk to friends on the east coast, they are surprised how mild the winters in Colorado can be compared to the northeast. This winter has been mild as well, with the exception of a string of days in late December, when we finally got hi ...

Animals & Predictions

Published: 2/5/2018  4:03 PM
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2017 Highlights

Published: 1/31/2018  1:27 PM
As our community changes—new businesses coming to town, rapid growth of the housing market and Millennials making up a quarter of the U.S. population, just to name a few—Colorado Springs Utilities is changing right along with it. We are changing the ...

There's still time to weatherize

Published: 1/17/2018  10:46 AM
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​Local students recently participated in FIRST LEGO League’s robotics challenge

Published: 12/27/2017  2:03 PM
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​Drake decision to provide more energy options

Published: 12/20/2017  11:48 AM
The energy industry is changing. To power our city, we are adopting new, efficient and sustainable technologies to better serve our customers and reduce our impacts on the environment. To do this, our Utilities Board on Monday decided to accelerate ...

Collaborating with key community stakeholders

Published: 12/14/2017  9:45 AM
Our Utilities Board is providing a strategic vision as we continue to prepare for the many changes ahead in the utilities industry and our community. Its focus on maintaining competitive rates, while also providing safe and reliable services, illust ...

Top in the nation to restore power

Published: 12/8/2017  10:10 AM
Keeping the lights on is the number one priority for us as an electric utility, and the challenge is greater than ever with everything from weather-related outages to cyber threats. We maintain a high level of reliability due to our dedicated first ...

2018 Rate Changes Approved

Published: 11/28/2017  2:42 PM
When talking about money no one wants to hear about an increase unless it's related to salary, a dividend check or some other sort of payout. Otherwise, we're really only interested in decreases, like the discounts many take advantage of on Black Fr ...

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Changing seasons   

natalie e  by  Natalie E.   on  9/6/2017

I'm a bit chilly in my sandals this morning.  Fall is in the air! fallinair.png

It's time to tackle the "get-ready-for-winter list."  If you haven't, now is the time to:

  • Schedule your annual furnance check-up.  A professional can help you to be certain it's operating safely and efficiently and provide you info about furnance filters (which should be changed monthly).  Consider a furnance replacement if yours is older than 15 years.
  • Check windows and doors.  Are they closing properly? Could some new caulking and weatherstripping seal up air leaks? Better to do this on a warm afternoon than a snowy day.
  • Check for gaps around pipes and wires that go through exterior walls; caulk so air can't leak through.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and checked by a professional. 
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of your home.
  • Insulate crawl spaces and pipes and ducts that run through unheated areas.
  • Schedule when you'll have your irrigation system blown out to prevent freezing, broken lines and equipment.  Consider adding a reminder on your calendar too, to water once or twice a month on warmer winter days to help prevent winter kill.
  • Clean your windows.  A wise man once told me to always clean mine after the monsoon ends, so they'll let the max amount of light and warmth in during winter.

The good news is, you can tackle most of these over the next few weeks when there's almost always a ballgame to listen to and the afternoon temps are nearly perfect. You'll be glad you did when temps are below freezing and the snow is flying.


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