Successful 2020 bond issue

Published: 8/4/2020  3:16 PM
Recently, we successfully issued new money and refunding bonds, selling $251.7 million in Refunding (2020 A/2020B) bonds and $85.4 million in New Money Utilities Systems Improvement Revenue (2020C) bonds. “We are extremely pleased with the pricing ...

​Blue-green Algae found at Pikeview Reservoir

Published: 8/1/2020  11:07 AM
Pikeview Reservoir, a popular fishing lake in central Colorado Springs and part of our water system, recently tested positive for blue-green algae.  While the reservoir is still safe for fishing, humans and pets are prohibited from entering the wate ...

The best native plants for your landscape

Published: 7/30/2020  1:11 PM
If you’re looking for flowers and shrubs that can tolerate hot, dry conditions with grace, take a look at our foothills landscape in the Water-wise Neighborhood of our Demonstration Garden. This garden showcases native plants that thrive when temper ...

Colorado Springs now powered by wind

Published: 7/22/2020  9:39 AM
Only days after we announced our plan to reduce carbon emissions by 80% and close our coal power plants by 2030, we added wind power to our portfolio. For the next five years, Colorado Springs will receive 60 megawatts of renewable energy from two ...

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
Sometimes projects fall into our laps when we are least expecting them. That’s what happened to Jed Chambers, Kyle Hinton and Jason Messamer from the Systems Planning and Projects (SPP) division recently when they went out to look at Monument Creek ...

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 ...

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Three reasons you need a rain sensor   

Author: Catherine  by  Catherine  on  8/7/2019

Rotary nozzleAugust weather can be unpredictable, alternating between 90-degree weather and monsoon thunderstorms. With the bustle of school starting and late summer routine changes, it’s a challenge to turn your sprinkler system off every time it rains-- not to mention remembering to turn them on before your grass becomes crispy. Worry no more. Sprinkler manufacturers have solved this problem through the rain sensor. Here are three reasons you should consider installing one this month:

1. Rain sensors prevent your automatic sprinkler system from running when it has rained. The sensor, which is installed in your yard, communicates with your irrigation controller when it captures rainfall. It temporarily stops the controller from watering. Once the sensor dries out, the irrigation controller resumes its normal schedule. By eliminating unnecessary watering, a rain sensor can save you money and conserve our community’s water resources.

2. Adding a rain sensor to an existing sprinkler system is relatively easy. The sensor gets installed somewhere in your landscape where it can monitor rainfall. The top of a fence or an eave of a roof are two common places. Just make sure it’s in an open area, not somewhere where a tree or building will block the sensor from rain.

A rain sensor can connect with your sprinkler controller directly through a wire or through a wireless connection. Wired sensors need a path for the wire between the sensor in the yard and the controller. Wireless options give you more flexibility on where to install the sensor, but check the product specifications before you buy to make sure it will work for your situation.

3. To help offset the cost of adding a rain sensor to your sprinkler system, we offer a rain sensor rebate. Wired sensors are eligible for a $25 rebate, while wireless options qualify for a $50 rebate. Learn more about the rebate here. All rain sensor models are eligible. Rain sensors can be purchased through online retailers, home improvement stores or irrigation supply stores.

Before you make a purchase, check your irrigation controller to make sure it has a rain sensor port to connect to the rain sensor. Most irrigation controllers sold in the last decade have one. If yours doesn’t, it might be time to upgrade to a smart controller, which is also eligible for a $50 rebate. Adding a rain sensor to a smart controller can fine-tune the controller’s performance by sensing actual rainfall in your yard rather than using data from a nearby weather station.

If you have an automatic sprinkler system, adding a rain sensor is an easy way to enjoy the relief of mid-summer rain showers even if you’re asleep or away from home. You’ll be confident knowing you’re saving money while being water wise.


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