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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We're transforming public spaces with water-wise plants   

  by  Danielle O.  on  8/22/2019

Water Wise Plant at City Hall 1Our water-wise plant experts are partnering with the City of Colorado Springs to bring sustainable landscapes to public spaces, while broadening the availability of water-wise plants for the public.

Springs Utilities staff from the Conservation and Environmental Center worked alongside city staff and volunteers on the first “Plants with Parks” project Friday, Aug. 17 outside City Hall. The team spent hours designing, transporting, and planting the space at the building’s south entrance. They’ve transformed a newly-renovated raised garden area into a thoughtful design that will require minimal water use.

One of the goals of the Plants with Parks project is to learn more about the plants and how they perform in large-scale projects. The Colorado Springs Utilities’ Water Wise Demonstration Garden, 2855 Mesa Road, displays examples of water-wise plants and landscaping ideas for our customers. Testing plants at multiple sites, like City Hall, allows staff to narrow their recommendations to the most resilient selections.

In the coming weeks and months, city parks staff will study these promising water-wise plants and provide us with their feedback. Those plants that continue to thrive will be recommended for use in commercial and residential projects, helping customers conserve water while creating healthy landscapes for our community.

Through this collaboration, we hope to improve the accessibility of sustainable commercial landscape examples. We’ll also supply the water-wise plants for the city’s greenhouse to improve availability of recommended plants for future landscape projects.

You can get more information about using water-wise plants in your landscape at csu.org and by visiting our demonstration garden at 2855 Mesa Road.

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It would be nice to be able to select the pictures so they can be viewed in a larger format.

Thursday, August 29, 2019  9:21 AM