​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 ...



LEDs are scrooge-approved

Published: 11/12/2019  4:28 PM
Untangling holiday lights never made anyone merry. Each year, our family tries to get a little more creative with ways to avoid our growing jumble of tangled up lights. We’ve found new and interesting battery powered decorations, projection lights, ...



Goals set for future energy plan; public survey now open

Published: 10/17/2019  10:20 AM
​Work on our Electric and Natural Gas Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) continues as planning goals were established thanks to public input. The Electric and Natural Gas IRPs will consider many views of the future to help determine how we will best ...



Make the most of your fallen leaves

Published: 10/10/2019  8:23 AM
Every year, I look forward to when the trees in my yard turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. But I know what’s next--a thick layer of leaves on my lawn that must be dealt with. Not exactly my idea of a fun autumn afternoon. Luckily, a ...



It's Public Natural Gas Week - A reminder of how both employees and customers help keep our natural gas system safe

Published: 10/8/2019  4:53 PM
​This year, October 6-12 is Public Natural Gas Week, a time when communities such as ours give recognition to one of their most valuable community assets—their publicly owned natural gas utility. At Colorado Springs Utilities, our natural gas emplo ...



Customer Service Week - The Magic of Serving You

Published: 10/8/2019  4:22 PM
​October 7-11 is Customer Service Week, an international celebration of the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on a daily basis. In 1992, the U.S. Congress proclaimed Customer Service Week a nationally r ...



10 fall tips to use energy and water wisely

Published: 10/2/2019  3:41 PM
​October is Energy Action Month, a time to encourage the community to contribute to sustainability efforts by learning more about energy efficiency and practicing smarter energy use. As the cooler months approach, consider our low-cost or no-cost ti ...



​Public Power: Rich history and bright future

Published: 10/1/2019  4:24 PM
Our early citizens understood the value of public power ownership, voting in 1924 to create their own municipal utility. Today, public power is as relevant and valuable as it was nearly 100 years ago. Colorado Springs Utilities is one of nearly 2,0 ...



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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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