Cold weather is here. Be prepared

Colorado Springs Utilities Cold Weather Safety
Colorado Springs Utilities Cold Weather Safety

The National Weather Service is forecasting frigid temperatures. Take these steps now to prepare for the cold and use energy wisely. This will help you manage your energy use and stay safe.

Colorado Springs Utiltiies

Act now to save later  – Tips for Colorado Springs Utilities

  • Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees. Turn it down a few more degrees when sleeping or away from your home for more than eight hours.  
  • A smart thermostat can make saving easy.
  • Check your furnace filter, and replace it if dirty. A clean filter allows your furnace to run more efficiently.  
  • Cover drafty windows with plastic film or use insulated drapes or shades. 
  • Refrain from using large appliances like washers and dishwashers unless necessary on extra cold days. When needed, only wash full loads and use the cold setting on your clothes washer. 
  • Open blinds on all south-facing windows to let the sun naturally heat your home. 
  • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.
  • Let faucets near outer walls run at a pencil-width stream during subzero temperatures to protect exposed pipes. Catch the dripping water in a bucket and save it for another purpose.

We work to make sure you have safe and reliable utilities, but occasionally the weather or other circumstances can cause service interruptions and at times extended outages.

Here’s how you can stay safe:

  • Create an emergency kit with water, food, first-aid supplies, and more. 
  • Create/update an emergency plan with current emergency contact information. 
  • If you do experience an outage, report and track it on our outage map. You can also call CSU at (719) 448-4800 to report an outage. 

Stay safe and warm.

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