Six steps for a green summer lawn

Published: 7/9/2020  2:33 PM
​It can be a challenge to keep your lawn green and healthy during the hottest months of the year. Here are six ways to reduce brown spots while watering within the new water-wise rules. 1. Make sprinkler repairs. New brown spots are often caused by ...

Our panels. Your power.

Published: 7/6/2020  2:37 PM
​L3Harris Technologies, a global aerospace and defense innovator with offices in Colorado Springs, is among a growing number of companies seeking to make their operations even greener. Pepe Alicea, senior facilities manager, was exploring solar ener ...

Thank you: Your input helped shape our energy future

Published: 6/30/2020  4:08 PM
We're committed to a new energy future that is cost-effective, resilient and environmentally sustainable. Through our sustainable energy plan, we will: Commit to our community with industry-leading reliability and resiliency and support the econom ...

Six energy-saving summer tips

Published: 6/17/2020  10:52 AM
​It’s starting to heat up, and your energy bills might rise as you crank up the air conditioner. We’ve got six tips to help you stay cool while saving energy this summer. 1. Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating in the proper direction.When po ...

Protecting our infrastructure and our customers

Published: 6/12/2020  9:54 AM
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Six steps for your healthiest lawn

Published: 6/3/2020  8:45 AM
Enjoying a healthy, green lawn is a hallmark of Colorado summers. If you’re planning to install a new lawn this summer, here are six steps to help your project succeed. 1. Prepare the soil. Smart soil preparation is one of the best things you can d ...

Water wiser this summer

Published: 5/6/2020  9:45 AM
​May is the perfect month to nail down your summer watering strategy and program your sprinkler system to deliver the right amount of water to your plants. By watering wisely, your lawn and landscape will thrive. Using water wisely means using it f ...

Demand Control Strategies During Load Step Changes

Published: 4/30/2020  9:43 AM
​Energy management isn’t always about energy, but it is always about dollars. For some business customers, demand charges dominate the bill, especially when large demands occur for short periods of time. When short-term demands are increasing deman ...

Work progresses on long-term energy plans, selection to occur this summer

Published: 4/24/2020  6:10 PM
​These unprecedented times have drastically changed our daily lives. While we continue to address the challenges associated with COVID-19, our top priority is the delivery of safe and reliable utility services. To better serve you in the future, we ...

Deal named Chief Energy Services Officer

Published: 4/22/2020  11:02 AM
Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Aram Benyamin recently named Travas Deal as Chief Energy Services Officer. Deal joined Colorado Springs Utilities in 2017 as Field Services Manager and was quickly recognized for his management expertise and knowledge ...

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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, for more money-saving tips, resources for landscaping, and information about rebates on efficient appliances and smart devices.


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