2020 Budget & Rates Approved

Published: 11/12/2019  4:39 PM
​Today, Colorado Springs City Council approved our budget and customer rates for 2020. The 2020 budget is $954.4 million, slightly higher (1.9 percent) than the 2019 approved budget appropriation. "The 2020 budget supports our mission to offe ...

LEDs are scrooge-approved

Published: 11/12/2019  4:28 PM
Untangling holiday lights never made anyone merry. Each year, our family tries to get a little more creative with ways to avoid our growing jumble of tangled up lights. We’ve found new and interesting battery powered decorations, projection lights, ...

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 ...

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Prevent high water bills during warmer weather   

Author: Lisa  by  Lisa  on  8/19/2019

Smart Irrigation ControllerAs we settle in to the hottest time of the year, we expect to use more water but is it necessary? Have you done everything you can to improve your watering efficiency? Here’s five important water-saving landscape strategies to get the most out of your water use:

1. Check for leaks. Make sure to turn on your system and visually inspect every zone for leaks at least once a month. Something as simple as a missing spray nozzle can waste 12 gallons of water per minute. Minimizing leaks will ensure that the water you pay for is supporting your landscape.

2. Water according to the season. How many days per week are you watering your lawn? In August, watering three days a week should be enough to keep your lawn healthy. And, remember to adjust the number of watering days according to the season. This will help you water only what is needed and reduce overwatering.

3. Water one-half inch each watering day to promote deeper roots and a more drought-tolerant lawn. Not sure how long it takes to water one-half inch? Place an empty tuna can on the lawn and turn on that zone for 10 minutes. Measure how much water is in the can. If it’s one-quarter inch, you will need to water twice as long. Read more about the general rules of watering based on zone type.

4. Reduce water wasted from runoff by using the cycle soak method. Divide the total time it takes to water one-half inch by three. Program your controller for this length of time and then set three start times about an hour apart. By spreading out the watering time into three smaller cycles, you help the water soak into the soil instead of running down the gutter. Learn more about the cycle soad method.

5. Make sure your rain sensor is working. Rain sensors are a crucial part to running your system efficiently and should be checked each every year. Don’t have a rain sensor? Here are three reasons you need one.

Visit the Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, for information and resources about efficient irrigation - including rebates on water efficient products for your home or business.


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