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As we continue to respond to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, I want to update you on what we’ve been doing to achieve our mission of delivering safe and reliable utility services. Nothing is more important to me than the health and safety of our ...



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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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