New Energy Vision adopted

Published: 6/18/2019  12:37 PM
​Energy Vision:Provide resilient, reliable and cost-effective energy that is environmentally sustainable, reduces our carbon footprint and uses proven state-of-the-art technologies to enhance our quality of life for generations to come. This is our ...

Turning commodes into roads

Published: 6/17/2019  2:43 PM
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Cool tips to beat the heat and save energy

Published: 6/10/2019  9:21 AM
This summer, we want to help you stay cool and save energy. Here are a few low-cost/no cost ideas that everyone can do today to be comfortable all summer long. Tips for keeping cool and saving energy 1. Drafts aren’t just a cold-weather concern. T ...

How to get your best summer landscape

Published: 6/6/2019  1:58 PM
It’s no secret that the weather in the Pikes Peak region is unpredictable. If you haven’t yet put away your winter sweaters, you’re aware this spring has been cooler and wetter than normal. It can be tempting to forget about your landscape now that ...

Credit rating increase benefits all customers

Published: 5/30/2019  3:52 PM
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Helping our youth become water-wise citizens

Published: 5/21/2019  3:20 PM
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Community input drives Energy Vision

Published: 5/20/2019  2:48 PM
​One of the many benefits of a community owned utility is that you have a voice in the decisions made through public participation. This holds true with the development of our Energy Vision. The new Energy Vision will be our guiding principles that ...

Spring cleaning tips for inside the home

Published: 5/6/2019  3:22 PM
​While the weather this week doesn't exactly feel May-like -- even for Colorado -- it is a good time to tackle some spring cleaning projects inside your house that can help you save you money and use resources more efficiently.Here are a few tips: ...

Four tips for successful spring planting

Published: 5/6/2019  1:49 PM
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Celebrating the men and women who provide our water during Drinking Water Week

Published: 5/2/2019  8:13 AM
​Drinking Water Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and focus on the men and women that provide safe, reliable and high-quality drinking water to our homes, businesses, and schools. Recently I traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Associa ...

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How to get your best summer landscape   

  by  Catherine Moravec  on  6/6/2019

Water Wise LandscapeIt’s no secret that the weather in the Pikes Peak region is unpredictable. If you haven’t yet put away your winter sweaters, you’re aware this spring has been cooler and wetter than normal. It can be tempting to forget about your landscape now that summer vacations are around the corner. However, giving your yard some extra attention will help it transition successfully into the heat of mid-summer. Here are four tips to get you started:

1. Watch the weather and water accordingly. As temperatures increase and the sun comes out, make sure you increase the number of days you water your landscape. It’s easy to quickly get behind on watering, which, before you know it, can cause wilting, drought stress and brown spots. If you were watering less often this spring, now is the time to monitor the forecast and change your irrigation schedule as your plants’ water needs increase. Watering consistently (up to three days per week) is one of the best ways to grow a healthy lawn and landscape. Consider installing a smart controller or reviewing this fact sheet​ to learn more.

2. Mow your lawn when it’s dry. In Colorado, we’re lucky that most lawn insects and diseases don’t thrive here due to the low humidity. However, the lawn fungus known as Ascochyta leaf blight shows up when the weather changes rapidly from cool and wet to hot and dry conditions. The good news is that Ascochyta is easy to prevent. Simply mow your lawn when it’s dry so the fungal spores aren’t spread by your mower. Also, water your lawn consistently as the weather warms up to prevent drought stress. Drought-stressed lawns are more susceptible to Ascochyta infection.

3. Make sure your rain sensor is working. Rain sensors are simple devices that add on to your existing sprinkler system controller. They prevent your sprinklers from running when it rains. Residents that have rain sensors have saved a lot of money on their water bill this spring. If you don’t have one, consider adding either a wired or wireless rain sensor to your sprinkler system. Colorado Springs Utilities offers a fantastic rebate​, which can help offset the cost of purchasing one.

4. Stop by the Water Wise Demonstration Garden. June is a great month to plant trees, shrubs and flowers. If you’re looking for inspiration, the Demonstration Garden located at the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Rd., can be a helpful place to find attractive plant combinations and see plants at their mature size. Because of the cool weather this year, many species are blooming longer than normal. Pay us a visit during daylight hours to see the amazing flower display!

By putting a little extra effort into your landscape now, you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer long.


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