​Resolve to save in 2020 and beyond

Published: 1/15/2020  7:00 AM
It’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 ...



​Engaging youth in the future of energy

Published: 1/14/2020  1:23 PM
As a municipal utility, community input – from all ages – is key to the success of our energy planning. After all, our Energy Vision concludes with the statement “to enhance our quality of life for generations to come.” Today’s youth are our future ...



Resolve to be environmentally friendly in 2020

Published: 1/10/2020  2:23 PM
​While January is the time for many to reflect on the past year and set goals for the months ahead, consider some eco-friendly resolutions this year. These practices promote sustainability and reduce overall environmental impact. In some cases, thes ...



Saving enough water for 5,000 Olympic Pools

Published: 12/19/2019  3:25 PM
​City Council voted this afternoon to implement new Water-Wise Rules in Colorado Springs starting in 2020.  These rules are intended to encourage the wise use of water on an everyday basis, not just during times of drought or periods of water shorta ...



Exploring ways to save customers money while benefiting the environment

Published: 12/17/2019  4:47 PM
Along with Xcel Energy, Black Hills Colorado Electric and Platte River Power Authority, we announced earlier this week plans to join the Western Energy Imbalance Market (WEIM), operated by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), to save ...



Public invited to open house regarding North Union Boulevard

Published: 12/13/2019  12:17 PM
​Utility and resurfacing work scheduled to begin January 2020 We need to replace an aging water line under Union Boulevard to enhance reliability of the water system and prepare for the City’s 2C curb/gutter replacement and road paving. An open h ...



Happy Holi-Ways-to-Pay

Published: 12/10/2019  11:23 AM
In the midst of shopping, traveling, choir concerts and planning holiday parties, the last thing you need to worry about is finding your Utilities bill and remembering to pay it. We realize your life is hectic, that’s why we offer eBilling and other ...



​New solar array now powering Colorado Springs

Published: 12/6/2019  4:37 PM
Get a bird's eye view of our latest renewable energy project, the Grazing Yak Solar Project. Consisting of more than 119,000 panels on 278 acres near Calhan, Colo., Grazing Yak will provide 35 megawatts of electricity to our customers. That is enoug ...



Would you drink the fat?

Published: 11/25/2019  11:00 AM
What’s your favorite part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal? The turkey? The stuffing? The pecan pie? (My problem is I love it all.) What’s the worst part of the Thanksgiving meal? Cleaning up! After spending half the day preparing and then an ...



2020 Budget & Rates Approved

Published: 11/12/2019  4:39 PM
​Today, Colorado Springs City Council approved our budget and customer rates for 2020. The 2020 budget is $954.4 million, slightly higher (1.9 percent) than the 2019 approved budget appropriation. "The 2020 budget supports our mission to offe ...



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​Colorado Springs Utilities – A Treasured Community Partner   

April S.  by  April S.  on  5/1/2019

Colorado Springs Utilities volunteersVery seldom (if at all) do we take time to learn the mission of our local utility company, much less the vision. Our vision statement is:

"Colorado Springs Utilities is a treasured community partner, well known for providing responsible and dependable services that are vital to the future of our region."

This vision statement drives much of our community involvement.

In March, we granted $256,000 to 13 local nonprofit organizations in support of affordable housing, transitioning the community's homeless to housing security. We believe there is nothing more powerful than strong communities, and we welcome opportunities to have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life for those we serve.

Those organizations receiving funding this year are:

  • Brothers Redevelopment, Inc.
  • Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
  • Cheyenne Village
  • Dream Centers of Colorado Springs
  • Energy Resource Center
  • Family Life Services
  • Greccio Housing
  • Homeward Pikes Peak
  • Ithaka Land, Inc.
  • Partners in Housing
  • Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity
  • Springs Rescue Mission
  • The Salvation Army

In addition to the grant awards, Colorado Springs Utilities has a large volunteer presence in our community. In 2018, 891 employee volunteers, family and friends volunteered 4,549 hours as they participated in 891 non-profit projects and events. Unlike many other utility companies, our employees are not paid for their volunteer efforts. Their donation of time is truly a gift from the heart.

We live in a state that continues to face a housing affordability crisis, and we know that with a fast-rising homelessness population, energy efficiency is a frequently-overlooked strategy to help families stay on top of their bills.

Project COPE, our utilities assistance program, is another treasure offered by Colorado Springs Utilities. Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance to families and individuals struggling financially due to a personal crisis or emergency, regardless of income. In 2018, 2,643 households received $985,323 in utilities assistance from this program alone.

While our impact isn’t always visible on bill boards or television, we hope you will agree that Colorado Springs Utilities does, indeed, shine bright as a community treasure.

By the way…the mission of Colorado Springs Utilities is to provide safe, reliable, competitively-priced electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the citizen owners and customers of Colorado Springs Utilities.

And so, to quote Paul Harvey, now you know “the rest of the story."

 
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