Freeing you from flannel on Valentine's Day

Published: 2/14/2018  1:23 PM
It’s Valentine’s Day – a time for love, passion, overpriced chocolate, foot massages, oily back rubs, flowers, Barry White (for you older kids), Drake (for you younger kids?), panicked guys scrambling at the last minute to buy overpriced chocolate w ...

Colder weather means higher bills

Published: 2/8/2018  9:50 AM
Often, when I talk to friends on the east coast, they are surprised how mild the winters in Colorado can be compared to the northeast. This winter has been mild as well, with the exception of a string of days in late December, when we finally got hi ...

Animals & Predictions

Published: 2/5/2018  4:03 PM
​If Friday had a theme, it’d be animals and predictions. Feb. 2 - that day when sleepy, morning eyes gaze upon Punxsutawney Phil for a weather forecast. He saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter. I hope it’s true. Six weeks of winter and a wet spr ...

2017 Highlights

Published: 1/31/2018  1:27 PM
As our community changes—new businesses coming to town, rapid growth of the housing market and Millennials making up a quarter of the U.S. population, just to name a few—Colorado Springs Utilities is changing right along with it. We are changing the ...

There's still time to weatherize

Published: 1/17/2018  10:46 AM
If you've been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather so far this winter - until the last week or so - you're not alone. I've heard several people say they put off the annual chores of preparing their home for winter. While we've been in a bit of ...

​Local students recently participated in FIRST LEGO League’s robotics challenge

Published: 12/27/2017  2:03 PM
Local students recently participated in the first FIRSTLEGO League’s robotics challenge. This year’s theme was the Human Water Cycle and Solving a Hydrodynamic Challenge. Teams completed three parts: •  Identify a real-world water-related challenge, ...

​Drake decision to provide more energy options

Published: 12/20/2017  11:48 AM
The energy industry is changing. To power our city, we are adopting new, efficient and sustainable technologies to better serve our customers and reduce our impacts on the environment. To do this, our Utilities Board on Monday decided to accelerate ...

Collaborating with key community stakeholders

Published: 12/14/2017  9:45 AM
Our Utilities Board is providing a strategic vision as we continue to prepare for the many changes ahead in the utilities industry and our community. Its focus on maintaining competitive rates, while also providing safe and reliable services, illust ...

Top in the nation to restore power

Published: 12/8/2017  10:10 AM
Keeping the lights on is the number one priority for us as an electric utility, and the challenge is greater than ever with everything from weather-related outages to cyber threats. We maintain a high level of reliability due to our dedicated first ...

2018 Rate Changes Approved

Published: 11/28/2017  2:42 PM
When talking about money no one wants to hear about an increase unless it's related to salary, a dividend check or some other sort of payout. Otherwise, we're really only interested in decreases, like the discounts many take advantage of on Black Fr ...

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Shower better and save money   

by  Frank K.  on  9/13/2017

ShowerheadWhat would make for a better shower experience for you? A bigger shower? Hotter water? Better smelling soap? What about upgrading to a new showerhead that could save you money on your monthly utility bill? Modernizing restroom fixtures with WaterSense approved models can help you achieve this goal. (Sorry you are on your own for that better scented soap.)

Old showerheads can degrade in performance by accumulating mineral deposits and materials in the filter. The result is reduced flow, incomplete flow streams and an ugly appliance. Older showerheads are often 2.5 Gallons Per Minute (GPM) or more, using high volumes of water and energy. 

Curious about how they'll perform? WaterSense showerheads must pass a vigorous test to gain certification, so no worries about showering satisfaction. How much can you save? Switching from 2.5 to 1.5 GPM heads will yield an annual total utility savings of between $50-$100 per head, per year. That’s an ROI of a few months or less!

Upgrading to new models is easy and we offer two ways to help. For our residential customers, we offer a no-charge showerhead exchange. Simply bring in up to two old units to our Conservation and Environmental Center at 2855 Mesa Road and get a Niagara Earth 1.5 GPM, thread tape included! Looking for different options? You can find hundreds of available models, either from catalog suppliers or through local outlets. Look up models on the WaterSense website.

For commercial customers, our Business Rebate for WaterSense approved showerheads make upgrading more affordable. We will pay 50 percent of the cost of each unit, up to $10 per head, for a model that uses less than 2.0 GPM, with a minimum of 10 units required. For our business customers, we have a limited number of high-performing WaterSense-approved demo units using less than 2.0 GPM that will impress you with power and performance. To learn more or get a high-performing demo unit showerhead, contact Frank Kinder at 719-668-3818 or


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