CEO announces retirement

Published: 3/21/2018  7:05 PM
​Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte will retire May 30, 2018.  Forte, 63, who has been with the municipally-owned utility 16 years, informed the Utilities Board of his decision Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Utilities Board Chairman Tom Strand ...

Treat your landscape like your skin during the winter

Published: 3/13/2018  4:37 PM
​My skin is a testament: It's been a warm and dry winter. I probably need to increase my water intake and become more serious in my use of moisturizers if I don't want to appear much more mature than I am. ​  Guess what? Our landscapes are experie ...

Women in Construction Week

Published: 3/8/2018  10:33 AM
It’s Women in Construction Week, and I was asked to write about my experience as a woman in a male dominated field, which I thought would be easy enough, right? I mean, the people I work with are predominately male in the construction industry, whic ...

Our water and the Tooth Fairy

Published: 2/28/2018  11:23 AM
​It’s National Tooth Fairy Day! What a great day to talk about our water quality and your teeth! We’re fortunate to have one of the finest sources of drinking water in the nation…the Rocky Mountains. Most of our water comes directly from high count ...

Caring for our community

Published: 2/28/2018  9:41 AM
Connecting with our community is a big reason why so many of us spend our personal time volunteering with local nonprofit organizations. Among the highlights from 2017 are the more than 5,500 meals delivered to homes through Project Angel Heart and ...

Celebrating Leon Young

Published: 2/26/2018  3:10 PM
Each February, we come together to celebrate Black History Month by honoring the many achievements by African-Americans and recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. This year, one special man comes to mind - Leon Young. Young was no ...

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
​If Friday had a theme, it’d be animals and predictions. Feb. 2 - that day when sleepy, morning eyes gaze upon Punxsutawney Phil for a weather forecast. He saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter. I hope it’s true. Six weeks of winter and a wet spr ...

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 ...

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There's still time to weatherize   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  1/17/2018

Household Energy UseIf you've been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather so far this winter - until the last week or so - you're not alone. I've heard several people say they put off the annual chores of preparing their home for winter.

While we've been in a bit of cold snap lately, the good news is there's still time to create a cozy, cost-efficient home for the coldest part of winter that is still to come. Bundling up your house provides a warm and comfortable experience and, perhaps most importantly, saves you money on your energy bills.

Looking for a place to start? Here are a few affordable and easy tips, and you can find more tips on our website.

1. Install a smart thermostat. Get a $50 rebate.
Program your thermostat to match your schedule by setting it no higher than 68 degrees when at home and 60 degrees when away or sleeping. Visit to learn more about our $50 rebate on smart thermostats purchased after Nov. 1, 2017.

2. Keep your air filters clean.
Dirty air filters make your furnace work harder than it should. Check your filter every 30 days and change if needed.

3. Seal leaks and insulate.
Save up to 20% on heating bills by caulking around windows, weather-stripping around doors and properly insulating your attic. The recommended insulation level for most attics is 12 to 15 inches depending on the insulation type.

4. Tune up your furnace.
Your furnace is like your car. It requires regular maintenance and repairs. An annual furnace checkup will ensure it is running efficiently. Contact a qualified heating contractor to perform the work.

The weather looks like it's going to turn colder again on Sunday, so use the next few days to batten down the hatches around your home to save energy!


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