When the temps go down, the bills go up

Published: 12/17/2018  3:18 PM
I’m sure there are quite a few customers who are opening their bills this month and wondering why it’s higher than usual. When unexpected changes occur with your bill, one of the first things you should do is go back and look at the weather during t ...

'Tis the season...for water main breaks

Published: 12/14/2018  11:14 AM
While this may be “the hap-happiest season of all,” dealing with traffic issues can really put that phrase to the test. After all, we’ve got parties for hosting, marshmallows for roasting and much mistltoeing to do. Who’s got time for a detour?! Bu ...

Creating your own weather

Published: 12/5/2018  3:59 PM
​Some say weather affects their mood. I believe that we can create our own weather – like having a sunny attitude on a cloudy day.  In the utilities business, though, creating our own weather isn’t as possible. We can still choose great attitudes, b ...

Utilities Board seeks customer input

Published: 11/28/2018  1:47 PM
Colorado Springs is fortunate to operate its own community-owned utility. This means that our customers have a say in how their utility operates and plans to provide service in the future. Right now, our Colorado Springs Utilities Board and CEO Ara ...

Give thanks and get deals

Published: 11/21/2018  10:19 AM
​It's that time of the year where we give thanks for what we have, and then get some more!   With the discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's the perfect time to upgrade your home with smart technology and efficient appliances. Plus, many ...

A Water Win-Win

Published: 11/15/2018  12:01 PM
​Water news from the Arkansas Valley yesterday is a win-win.  A win for farmers and a win for city-dwellers. Late Wednesday, the Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) Board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to ...

Creating tomorrow’s energy landscape with a new vision

Published: 11/14/2018  4:29 PM
Our world is increasingly revolving around electronics. From your Google Home to your electric vehicle and smart thermostat, the ways in which we all use energy are changing. So too are the ways in which we generate and deliver that energy to you. ...

Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved

Published: 11/13/2018  2:33 PM
Today Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved our 2019 Budget and 2019 customer rates. Last summer, I was priviliged to work with a team of employees to review the 2019 budget submittal and am proud to share that the 2019 budget is nearl ...

Recognized with Platinum level HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Published: 11/13/2018  2:26 PM
There has been a strong military presence in Colorado Springs for many years, and we're proud to serve those who serve our country. Doing right by our military, though, means more than simply providing safe, reliable utility service. It also means a ...

Trick or Treat for Savings

Published: 10/31/2018  8:49 AM
Trick or treating through the neighborhood, sometimes there is one special house with a candy bowl that stands out from all the others. It’s the place with full-size candy bars. Everyone wants to be at that house with the biggest candy bars, and all ...

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Freeing you from flannel on Valentine's Day   

  by  Steve  on  2/14/2018

Flannel PajamasIt’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 while fighting other panicked guys, and husbands trying to figure out how to convince their wives not to wear flannel pajamas for the special day. Are you seeing a trend?

While we can’t help you with last-minute shopping, I think we can give you a few ways to escape the horror that is flannel pajamas. Although, to digress a moment, I once knew a guy who said he had “a thing” for flannel and that when his wife wore flannel, he entered a type of overdrive. So, the following message is not for him, assuming he’s even still alive and hasn’t been attacked by a horde of love-hungry, zombie lumberjacks.

At Colorado Springs Utilities, we have a few tools that could help better manage your utilities consumption and budget year-round, so that when Valentine’s Day or your anniversary arrives, you can turn up the heat a little and leave the flannel pajamas in the drawer.

My colleague Katlin recently offered several fantastic tips for wisely managing your utility consumption in her blog, such as our My Usage tool and Budget Billing. Other options include Smart Thermostats, which we offer a $50 rebate for on certain models, and home energy audits. I’d highly recommend that you investigate these options, as they could offer you a little flexibility to turn up the heat at the thermostat and elsewhere, if you know what I mean!

Personally, my motivation for Valentine’s Day countermeasures is strong as my wife feels anything below 70 degrees is cold. As I’ve stated previously on this page, she has a unique angle on fluffy pajamas. She doesn’t really opt for flannel, but instead something I call, Teddy Bear Jammies. I’ve hypothesized that they’re made out of several hundred, discarded teddy bear skins. Whatever mystery fabric they were originally created with, they seem to take on the heating characteristics of an inferno when stitched together in a Frankenbear-type pajama ensemble. This not only makes me extremely uncomfortable and itchy, but also obliterates my innate passions.

So, what was my point again? Oh yeah…utility services impact your life in many ways. We know receiving a monthly utility bill isn’t something you look forward to. However, if you look at it from a certain perspective, our services can do AMAZING things, such as unlock the passion in your relationship and free your budget for all sorts of enjoyable pursuits, especially when managed efficiently. That’s why we offer the tools we do – for YOU! #happyvalentinesday2018


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