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​Resolve to save in 2020 and beyond   

  by  Amy T.  on  1/15/2020

natural gas useIt’s a new decade and a new year, and that means new resolutions. This year, consider a home energy and water efficiency resolution.

Whether you are a homeowner or renter, there are a number of strategies you can adopt to lower your utilities bill no matter the time of the year or your price range. Some tips are free or low cost and can be used daily to increase savings, while others require a larger investment for long-term savings.

This year, resolve to trying one or more of these tips for improving your home’s energy and water efficiency.

1. Install a smart thermostat. Without sacrificing comfort, you can save up to $145 a year on heating and cooling costs with a smart thermostat. Get even more savings with our $50 rebate when you install one of these smart devices.

2. Use sunlight to your advantage. During the winter months, most natural gas use is for home heating. Take advantage of Colorado’s sunlight by opening your curtains during the day to allow the sun to naturally heat your home. Plus, using natural lighting effectively will reduce the need to use artificial light.

3. Choose energy-saving lighting. About 14 percent of a Colorado home’s electric use goes to lighting costs. Switch to ENERGY STAR LEDs to significantly reduce these costs and wasted energy. When shopping for LEDs, look for our logo on store shelves for extra savings.

4. Reduce energy for water heating. In Colorado Springs, about 30 percent of a home’s natural gas use is for water heating. Make sure your water heater is set to no higher than 120 degrees and install efficient showerheads. If your water heater is more than five years old, wrap it in a water heater jacket to stop heat loss from the tank. Or consider installing a new water heater as they have more insulation and we offer a $50 rebate on qualifying models.

5. Keep your home leak free. Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year. That’s enough to fill a backyard swimming pool and cost you money. Common types of leaks include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves. In most cases, fixture replacement parts and repairs don't require a major investment and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers using online tools for direction.

Not sure where to begin? We offer a free online home energy audit that can help you identify areas in your home where you may be wasting valuable energy. We also have a variety of water efficiency resources available.

With a host of efficiency rebates and low-cost tips to save, we can help you succeed in that new resolution.

 
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The links imbedded in this "Resolve to Save this year page" are very hard to see and the font is too small for us who are older. Then when you do follow the links for rebates and to smart thermostat, the list of models eligible doesn't show due to the federal government shut down. Does CSU have a list of models they can post?

Thursday, January 17, 2019  11:02 AM  Carol

Still having trouble understanding waste water calculation. Month after month you say we send OUT more water than comes IN. We do not irrigate so the claims about outside watering do not apply. Since we are out of the house most of the day, water coming IN is mostly showering and laundry. How can MORE go out than comes in?

Thursday, February 14, 2019  5:51 PM  Iris Hermes

Iris, if you haven't already, check out the video on this page as it explains how wastewater is calculated.
https://www.csu.org/Pages/wwbill-r.aspx
If you still have questions, please call us at 448-4800 to have a customer service representative - who can look at your account information - see if they can give you more insight regarding your specific account. Thank you.

Friday, February 15, 2019  11:25 AM  Eric