Some people think all of Colorado is a winter wonderland, a place where you should plan to be snowed in for weeks on end, a place that absolutely requires a snowmobile to get around. Sure, there’s places in Colorado that are quite inaccessible during wintertime, but the Colorado Springs area is definitely not one of those places. We get our share of snow, but it normally melts within a day or two and it’s pretty rare to be really snowed in.
However, we do get snow, and something most people don’t think about until after they’ve already signed a contract is what direction their house faces. Houses that have driveways that face south have to shovel far less than those whose driveways face north. It’s not uncommon to drive up a street and see one side of the street with several inches of snow on the grass and driveway and the other side perfectly clear.
These two pictures were taken in the late afternoon – same street, same time, same day. [See that gorgeous blue sky? That’s what Colorado Springs looks like after the snowstorms are done.] You can see by the shadows why it takes a lot longer for snow to melt for these houses!
On the flip side, it can really help with your heating bill if you have a lot of windows that face south and keep those blinds and curtains open during the day to let the sun naturally warm your home. And on the other flip side, during the summertime those south-facing windows can be a curse with the hot sun beaming in all day. You can’t win! 🙂