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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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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