One month after the Bomb Cyclone

Published: 4/11/2019  12:35 PM
Thank goodness this week’s storm was nowhere near the impact of the one last month. The #BombCyclone that hit us on March 13 made quite an impact on our city. Anyone who has lived in Colorado Springs – even if only for a couple of years – knows to ...



Front Range breaks records

Published: 4/11/2019  9:35 AM
As we integrate more solar energy into our grid in the coming years, some may ask, “How is power generated on cloudy days? Will the community lose power?” To ensure power quality and reliability, our grid operators work tirelessly so that our power ...



Where our water comes from

Published: 4/2/2019  2:53 PM
​If you are like most people, when you turn on the tap to wash your hands, brush your teeth or wash dishes, you never give a second thought to where that water just came from. You never think about the journey those hydrogen and oxygen molecules too ...



Meet some of the dedicated workers who bring us our drinking water

Published: 3/29/2019  8:51 AM
​When you think of dangerous jobs, you probably think of steel workers, roofers, truck drivers, pilots or construction workers. You probably don’t think of employees who work at a water pumping station. But as I discovered first-hand last week, the ...



Largest lineworkers rodeo ever comes to Colorado Springs on March 30

Published: 3/28/2019  9:30 AM
In what is estimated to be the largest national event of its kind, the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo is coming to Colorado Springs on Saturday, March 30. The event is estimated to bring in more than $1 million to the l ...



Continuing shift to renewables, adding storage

Published: 3/20/2019  3:45 PM
We are finalizing negotiations and, in the coming months, will award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system by the end of 2023. At this time, it is the largest energy storage facility announced ...



Five tips for spring landscape cleanup

Published: 3/20/2019  1:13 PM
​As winter draws to a close, your landscape is beginning to wake up. Even though your plants still look dormant, March is a wonderful time to pull on your gardening gloves and start tackling several yard care tasks. If you do these five things in th ...



APPA Lineworkers Rodeo just one of many ways employee volunteers donate their time to the community

Published: 3/20/2019  9:15 AM
​As more than a thousand competitors and spectators converge on Colorado Springs for the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo on March 30, 115 Colorado Springs Utilities employee volunteers will be working behind the scenes to make ...



From bomb cyclones to rodeo competitions, lineworkers embrace safety, efficiency

Published: 3/19/2019  6:23 PM
​The American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo is the Olympics of electric linemen – the ultimate test of skill in the profession. Colorado Springs is fortunate to host this year’s event March 29-30. On the heels of the March 12 ...



Lineworkers Rodeo just the beginning for 115 power poles

Published: 3/6/2019  1:57 PM
​On March 30, Colorado Springs will host the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo. The event – which will take place at the Rock Ledge Ranch – will bring in more than 78 lineworker teams, 125 lineworker apprentices, 400 total compet ...



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Saving more than energy in our community   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  1/24/2019

Today, our CEO Aram Benyamin toured the Energy Resource Center’s (ERC) facility to take a first-hand look at the great work they do in our community every day. (In the picture to the right, Howard Brooks, CEO of the Energy Resources Center, shows Benyamin a display of old, inefficient furnaces the ERC has pulled and replaced to make homes safer and more comfortable.)

If you’re not familiar with the ERC, they provide energy and water efficiency improvements for qualifying residential customers through the Home Efficiency Assistance Program (HEAP).

We’ve partnered with the ERC since 2006, when the program served ten homes that September. From that small beginning, the program has served an average of 117 homes per year since 2009.

HEAP participants receive in-home energy and water audits, and the results are used to recommend various improvements that could include:

  • Additional insulation in attics, sidewalls and crawlspaces
  • Weather-stripping
  • LED light bulbs throughout home
  • Inefficient refrigerator replacement
  • Low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and toilets upgrade
  • Inefficient furnace replacement
  • Inefficient water heater replacement

Energy Resource Center technicians work with customers throughout the entire weatherization process on how they can improve energy and water efficiency in their home, and how they can maintain newly installed appliances.

In addition to simple energy savings, the program finds and corrects horrendous safety issues.  The smallest of these is the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The largest issues are dangerous combustion appliances and residents suffering from high-level carbon monoxide poisoning. 

The poorest residents live in the oldest and most dangerous housing stock. In addition to carbon monoxide dangers, the ERC also finds and fixes faulty wiring, natural gas leaks, plumbing and sewer leaks, animal and insect infestation, and mold.

We’re proud to support the ERC and the HEAP program efforts to save customers energy, water, money and lives.

 
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Its worth mentioning the ERC also does some paid work so if you're in need of their services you should use them since a portion of what you pay goes towards helping families in need.

Monday, January 28, 2019  10:19 AM  Jason H

Great point Jason. Thanks for sharing.

Thursday, January 31, 2019  10:09 AM  Eric