During those sub-zero windchills the propane air plant helps save the day

Published: 2/10/2020  10:08 AM
​Growing up in Louisiana, I became a self-professed expert in heat, humidity, boiled crawfish, New Orleans Saints football, Mardi Gras, and the glorious Monkey Hill in Audubon Park (a little mound of dirt that was our version of a 'mountain'). I eve ...

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 ...

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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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