​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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Four tips for successful spring planting   

  by  Catherine M.  on  5/6/2019

Spring is in the air. The allure of beautiful plants can cause serious impulse shopping, but before you spend big bucks on plants that look great today, think through how you’ll set the stage for their long-term success. Here are four key considerations:


1. Choose plants that grow well in the Pikes Peak Region. Plants with gigantic flowers and lush leaves are not likely to stay that way once they’re exposed to Colorado Springs weather. They’re often grown in greenhouses or other states with milder weather. To find tough, hardy plants that are resilient in our climate, visit waterwiseplants.org and make a favorites list of plants that will suit your needs. Browse plants that thrive at the Colorado Springs Utilities Water Wise Demonstration Gardens, surviving hail, drought, frost, and snow.


2. Buy plants from local experts. Shop for plants at local nurseries and plant sales. They sell more Rocky Mountain-grown plants than nation-wide retailers. Especially when grown outside, these plants are much less likely to be shocked with our erratic weather. Local sellers are also more likely to carry a better selection of native and well-adapted plants that will live longer and beautify your landscape with less water and maintenance.


3. Don’t plant too early. While it’s fine to plant trees, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses and cool-season vegetables in April in May, it’s wise to wait until mid-May to plant frost-tender plants. Frost-tender plants include eye catching annual flowers and warm-season vegetables like tomatoes. It’s common for a late spring snowstorm or frost to damage geraniums and vegetable transplants. This is why most local plant sales happen around Mother’s Day.


4. Water regularly after planting. Potted plants have 5-10% of the roots they would normally compared to when they’re growing in the ground. In order to keep them alive until they grow a new root system, they need to be watered regularly. Water immediately after planting, then check the soil moisture daily for the first two weeks. Water enough to keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged. Gradually cut back how often you water as the plants grow larger.

811.jpgBy choosing resilient plants, buying them from local sources, planting at the right time and watering consistently after planting, you’ll ensure your money and effort result in lasting beauty in your yard.

As always, don't forget to call 8-1-1 or click at co811.org at least 72 hours before any excavating project -- even those that only involve hand shovels -- to have buried utility lines marked.



 


 

 
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