Help plan the energy future at public workshop

Published: 1/24/2020  9:00 AM
Now that the Energy Vision for Colorado Springs has been set, citizens are invited to help make it a reality through our Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs). The Electric and Natural Gas IRPs will consider many views of the future to help determine h ...

​Resolve to save in 2020 and beyond

Published: 1/15/2020  7:00 AM
It’s a new decade and a new year, and that means new resolutions. This year, consider a home energy and water efficiency resolution. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, there are a number of strategies you can adopt to lower your utilities bill ...

​Engaging youth in the future of energy

Published: 1/14/2020  1:23 PM
As a municipal utility, community input – from all ages – is key to the success of our energy planning. After all, our Energy Vision concludes with the statement “to enhance our quality of life for generations to come.” Today’s youth are our future ...

Resolve to be environmentally friendly in 2020

Published: 1/10/2020  2:23 PM
​While January is the time for many to reflect on the past year and set goals for the months ahead, consider some eco-friendly resolutions this year. These practices promote sustainability and reduce overall environmental impact. In some cases, thes ...

Saving enough water for 5,000 Olympic Pools

Published: 12/19/2019  3:25 PM
​City Council voted this afternoon to implement new Water-Wise Rules in Colorado Springs starting in 2020.  These rules are intended to encourage the wise use of water on an everyday basis, not just during times of drought or periods of water shorta ...

Exploring ways to save customers money while benefiting the environment

Published: 12/17/2019  4:47 PM
Along with Xcel Energy, Black Hills Colorado Electric and Platte River Power Authority, we announced earlier this week plans to join the Western Energy Imbalance Market (WEIM), operated by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), to save ...

Public invited to open house regarding North Union Boulevard

Published: 12/13/2019  12:17 PM
​Utility and resurfacing work scheduled to begin January 2020 We need to replace an aging water line under Union Boulevard to enhance reliability of the water system and prepare for the City’s 2C curb/gutter replacement and road paving. An open h ...

Happy Holi-Ways-to-Pay

Published: 12/10/2019  11:23 AM
In the midst of shopping, traveling, choir concerts and planning holiday parties, the last thing you need to worry about is finding your Utilities bill and remembering to pay it. We realize your life is hectic, that’s why we offer eBilling and other ...

​New solar array now powering Colorado Springs

Published: 12/6/2019  4:37 PM
Get a bird's eye view of our latest renewable energy project, the Grazing Yak Solar Project. Consisting of more than 119,000 panels on 278 acres near Calhan, Colo., Grazing Yak will provide 35 megawatts of electricity to our customers. That is enoug ...

Would you drink the fat?

Published: 11/25/2019  11:00 AM
What’s your favorite part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal? The turkey? The stuffing? The pecan pie? (My problem is I love it all.) What’s the worst part of the Thanksgiving meal? Cleaning up! After spending half the day preparing and then an ...

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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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