Creating tomorrow's energy landscape

Published: 9/20/2018  12:36 PM
​Yesterday we took a big step forward in demonstrating our commitment to renewable energy. Our Utilities Board approved the addition of 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus battery storage to our system by 2024. The project will bring our re ...

Baseball, Football and Fall Prep

Published: 9/11/2018  8:14 AM
September is likely my favorite month in Colorado.  In the daytime, it feels like we're getting a second chance at summer, yet, nighttime brings us cool, crisp air. Football season is underway and baseball gets exciting. Our tradition, with Broncos ...

Changing the current collaboratively

Published: 9/6/2018  12:18 PM
When I first traveled through this area in the 1980s I was amazed at its natural beauty. I fell in love with the region, though, in the late 1990s when we decided to call it our home. Like any true love, it gets better with time. Colorado Springs is ...

Labor Day Weekend Checklist: To-dos for fall energy savings

Published: 8/30/2018  1:18 PM
As you may know, Labor Day is a federal holiday to recognize contributions that workers make to our society. The last thing we want to do on your holiday is to add to your workload. But a little effort this weekend can pay off with energy savings al ...

Top three tips for late summer lawn care

Published: 8/27/2018  3:51 PM
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Analytics driving force behind enhanced fire hydrant tracking & maintenance

Published: 8/24/2018  8:56 AM
​When it comes to fire hydrants, the coverage area is extensive, the stakes are high and the margin for error is slim. There are approximately 18,000 hydrants under Colorado Springs Utilities’ purview and each are expected to work when needed. Howev ...

CEO finalists announced

Published: 8/23/2018  1:00 PM
​Today, the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors announced the top three finalists for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO Jerry Forte retired on May 30, 2018, after 12.5 years with Springs Utilities. Nearly 130 candidates ...

Poles need love too

Published: 8/17/2018  3:00 PM
​Did you know that every year, Colorado Springs Utilities inspects and tests 4,000 electric wood poles? It takes about 8 to 12 weeks to complete the work. In fact, that’s only a fraction of the poles that serve up power to our community. There is a ...

Colorado Springs Utilities moves forward with model water-sharing agreement

Published: 8/17/2018  8:31 AM
​Over the past year, the Colorado Springs Utilities Water Resources team has been working behind the scenes on a history-shaping agreement within the Colorado water industry. Last month Springs Utilities and the Lower Arkansas Water Management Asso ...

So easy a rabbit can do it

Published: 8/10/2018  2:19 PM
811 Day is tomorrow, and that means we’ve been reminding our customers to contact 811 before they dig. A large percentage of our electric, natural gas, water and wastewater mains and service lines are underground and out of sight, and very dangerous ...

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Colder weather means higher bills   

  by  Katlin  on  2/8/2018

freezing thermometerOften, 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 hit with some colder temperatures. But most of you are familiar with how Colorado works; it’s 60 degrees outside today!

If you think about it, your utilities bill is similar to your credit card bill. You get it once a month and, by the time you get it, you don’t really remember what transpired during the last few weeks that led to the total at the bottom. By the time the bill comes, you have to look back at the statement to remember what you bought. While my credit card is pretty consistent throughout the year, it does get a heavier workout during specific seasons, like the holidays.

My utilities bill is much the same. We’re pretty consistent in how much energy and water we use. However, like many of you, I nudged my thermostat up a bit during the cold nights during the holiday season, to stay comfortable at home. So, when my utilities bill comes this month, I’ll have to remind myself of the cold weather we experienced and my frequent trips to the thermostat. Like my credit card bill, though, it’s a delayed response.

Here are a few tips to help keep your bill down when the weather turns colder.

  • Add an extra layer of clothing or cover yourself with a blanket.
  • If you do turn up the heat, cut back somewhere else – turn down your water heater a little or wash your clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot.
  • Seal those air leaks that let the cold air into your home.
  • Open your blinds/curtains during the day and use the power of the sun to warm your home. Close them at night to help keep the cold air from entering your rooms.

Two other tools/programs to keep your budget in tact when the temperature changes are Budget Billing and My Usage.

  • Budget Billing takes the ups and downs out of your bill by averaging your past bills so you pay the same amount each month.
  • My Usage is an online tool that allows you to see how much electricity, natural gas and/or water you’re using on a daily basis. If you see that you are using more one day, you can cut back another to keep your bill in line.

So, when you get your bill, don’t forget how you reacted to the weather over the holidays. The bottom line is that your bill always reflects how much you use.


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