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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Four fall tips to brighten your landscape   

  by  Catherine M.  on  9/9/2019

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' (3).jpgAfter 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 cooled, making it an ideal time for rapid root growth. By adding a few fall-interest plants, you’ll have a yard you can enjoy year-round. Here are four tips to help your landscape look amazing during the pleasant fall months:

1. Add plants with vibrant fall color. Since most of our native plants’ leaves simply turn yellow or brown, Colorado doesn’t have the same fall color show compared to the eastern United States. We can add plants to our yard that provide a much wider palette of fall leaf color, ranging from bright red, to stunning orange, to deep gold. Some water-wise plants with great fall color include

Visit our demonstration garden during September to help you learn which plants look their best in autumn. Our garden is known throughout the state for having a beautiful tapestry of fall color and winter interest.

2. Capitalize on the beauty of ornamental grasses. Grasses reach their full glory in late summer and fall. Plant a few amongst your trees, shrubs and flowers, to offset the plants that have already bloomed. Some of our favorite water-wise ornamental grasses include

They stay attractive all winter and are low-water, low-maintenance plants.

3. Don’t forget about fall bloomers. While most plants bloom in spring and summer, there are a few that look incredible in fall. Consider adding

Not only do they have striking flowers, but they come back year after year, unlike the mums you see in the store.

4. Water consistently – but cut back how often you water as the weather cools. Your lawn and landscape plants need consistent water while the weather is warm during the day. As the overall temperatures cool, you can reduce your irrigation to once or twice per week. By keeping your plants hydrated as they go dormant, you’ll prevent winter kill next spring.

By taking these steps to improve your landscape’s fall appearance, you’ll be able to enjoy the mild autumn weather in your yard before the cold weather arrives.

For more tips and information about water-wise plants, visit csu.org.

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Thansk for the tips!

Thursday, September 12, 2019  6:51 AM  Forest Townsley