CPS Energy has tips to get your home winter ready

CPS Energy wants you to be prepared before you turn on your heat this season

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As the temperatures are dropping for winter, it's a good idea to be safe and prepared while using your heating equipment.

To help you reduce accidents while keeping your home warm in the cooler weather, CPS Energy has some helpful tips you may want to keep in mind.

CPS Energy Helpful Tips: Gas Safety

  • Have your home heating appliances serviced and repaired by a qualified professional

  • Never use the kitchen range as a space heater

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom and every level of your home

  • Test smoke alarms monthly

  • If your home has natural gas, install CO detectors on each level of your home

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CPS Energy Helpful Tip: The Flame on Your Natural Gas Appliances Should be Blue! 

"Blue is the color you want to see in the flame of your pilot light," Monica Taylor , CPS Energy Spokesperson, said.

If your natural gas appliance is red, orange and yellow that is a good indication of Carbon monoxide.
Please contact a qualified service representative to inspect your appliances if you see colors besides blue in your natural gas appliances.

"We always want our customers to save money, Taylor said. You want to make sure you seal your windows and doors when it gets colder."

CPS Energy Helpful Tip: If You Smell an Odor Similar to Rotten Eggs, You May Have a Gas Leak!

If you think you have a gas leak, leave your home or office immediately and call CPS Energy at 210-353-4357.

CPS Energy Helpful Tip: How to Keep the Cold Air Out

  • Use vinyl weather-stripping around doors

  • Seal around windows with caulk 

  • Block out 20% of air w/foam gaskets for switches and outlets 

  • Seal large gaps or cracks with foam spray

  • How to Get Your Pilot Light Lit by CPS Energy 

    • Make sure furnace is clean and free of debris

    • Accessible
    • If repairs are needed, work must be scheduled with a private, licensed heating/air conditioning contractor
    • Must be 18 years or older
    • Service fee of $24 plus tax added to bill

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    To schedule your pilot lighting, use the CPS Energy online request form at cpsenergy.com or call 210-353-2222.

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    Information courtesy CPS Energy

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