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 ...



Colorado Springs Utilities' Office of Economic Development wins ​Downtown Partnership Star Award

Published: 9/30/2019  11:20 AM
The Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit organization, with a robust membership base of businesses, nonprofits and individuals representing the diversity of industries Downtown and citywide, honored three outstanding contributors to the economic, civic ...



More public electric vehicle chargers thanks to grant

Published: 9/24/2019  8:16 AM
We recently installed four Level II electric vehicle chargers at four of our facilities thanks to funding from a Charge Ahead Colorado grant. The chargers expands the community’s electric vehicle charging network for our customers and employees. Th ...



Construction of two new solar projects progresses

Published: 9/24/2019  8:14 AM
​By the end of this year, we will add enough solar energy to our system to power 35,000 homes annually thanks to two projects currently under construction. The Palmer Solar Project, located southeast of Colorado Springs, and the Grazing Yak Solar P ...



Four fall tips to brighten your landscape

Published: 9/9/2019  9:34 AM
​After Labor Day, many landscapes may look dull, especially if most of the flowering plants bloom in early summer. Fortunately, September is a wonderful month to add a few more plants to your landscape. The soil is warm and the air temperatures have ...



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Top 10 tips to keep cool this summer   

  by  Danielle O.  on  7/17/2019

1506CSU_0780.jpgAs temperatures rise and we transition from the cooler months into summer, you can take some easy steps to keep an attractive landscape and a comfortable home while using energy and water wisely. These 10 tips will help you reduce overall electric and water use, saving you money along the way.

 

Our water tips:
 
1. Watch the weather and water accordingly. Monitor the forecast and change the water schedule as plants’ water needs increase. Most yards in the Colorado Springs area only need to be watered three days a week. 
2. Consider using a rain sensor. Rain sensors are simple devices that add on to existing sprinkler system controllers. They prevent sprinklers from running when it rains. We offer a rain sensor rebate, which can help offset the cost of purchasing one.
3. Stop by our Water Wise Demonstration Garden. Get inspired at the Demonstration Garden at the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road. It’s a a helpful place to find attractive, water-wise plant combinations.
4. Water in the morning or evening. Temperatures are cooler during these times and this helps to minimize evaporation.
5. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
 
Our energy tips:
 
When indoors, try these tips to save energy all summer long. 
1. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. Set it to 85 degrees or higher if no one will be home for more than four hours.
2. If you have air-conditioning, change your unit's filter every 30 days. Get an annual check-up to maximize its operating efficiency.
3. Use a portable fan or install ceiling fans. Creating air movement in a room can improve the comfort of the space. Ceiling fans are often all you need to make your home comfortable. They also can cut energy use and costs compared to central air conditioning.
4. Drafts aren’t just a cold-weather concern. Test door frames, window seals and electrical outlets for warm air seeping in and cool air seeping out. Install caulking, weather-stripping and gaskets as needed. Make sure indoor air vents are not blocked by furniture or other obstructions.
5. Keep your window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain - especially where direct sunlight comes into windows.

Visit our website, csu.org for more money-saving tips, resources for landscaping, and information about rebates on efficient appliances and smart devices.

 
 
 
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