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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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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