Sustainable water future: Reservoir release provides valuable data

Published: 9/25/2020  10:16 AM
  ​You may have some leaf-peeping plans this weekend and you might be particularly drawn to places in the high country. Places where you can picnic beside water surrounded by the changing aspens, sitting below skies of blue. Chances are, you’ll see ...

Planning for Future Water Supply

Published: 9/21/2020  1:30 PM
We’ve come a long way since the 1800s when we were providing water to citizens through a series of ditches while planning to bring water to town from Pikes Peak. Today we have a complex water system, including 25 reservoirs and pipelines that stretc ...

Signed Agreement for One of the Largest Battery Storage Projects in State

Published: 9/16/2020  9:11 AM
​We have signed a power purchase agreement for a 175-megawatt (MW) solar project coupled with a 25 MW, four-hour battery energy storage system with Boulder-based juwi Inc.. The 25-MW battery storage system will be one of the largest in Colorado. “T ...

Fall watering for a healthy lawn and landscape

Published: 9/4/2020  12:18 PM
​It’s been hot and dry all summer. During extreme weather conditions, it’s especially important to care for your landscape as fall arrives. Investing in fall care tasks can help your lawn and landscape survive the winter, which protects your investm ...

Rafters, recreationalists and utilities rejoice over reconnected river section

Published: 9/4/2020  11:52 AM
We recently partnered with Aurora Water to reconnect a section of the Arkansas River, benefiting water customers, rafters and recreationalists. The Homestake Arkansas River Diversion project delivers Eagle River Basin water through Homestake, Turqu ...

When the leaves are falling, weatherization is calling

Published: 9/1/2020  1:12 PM
As September is upon us, those 90-degree days are a thing of the past (hopefully). Before the frigid temperatures kick-in, we want to suggest several ways to increase energy and water efficiency to keep families safe and comfortable while shrinking ...

Top 10 Reasons Customers Don't Contact 811 Before Digging

Published: 8/10/2020  2:57 PM
​In honor of National 811 Day (8/11), I want to remind everyone of the importance of calling 811 or visiting before starting any digging project. 811 is the national number designated by the Federal Communications Commission to preve ...

Successful 2020 bond issue

Published: 8/4/2020  3:16 PM
Recently, we successfully issued new money and refunding bonds, selling $251.7 million in Refunding (2020 A/2020B) bonds and $85.4 million in New Money Utilities Systems Improvement Revenue (2020C) bonds. “We are extremely pleased with the pricing ...

​Blue-green Algae found at Pikeview Reservoir

Published: 8/1/2020  11:07 AM
Pikeview Reservoir, a popular fishing lake in central Colorado Springs and part of our water system, recently tested positive for blue-green algae.  While the reservoir is still safe for fishing, humans and pets are prohibited from entering the wate ...

The best native plants for your landscape

Published: 7/30/2020  1:11 PM
If you’re looking for flowers and shrubs that can tolerate hot, dry conditions with grace, take a look at our foothills landscape in the Water-wise Neighborhood of our Demonstration Garden. This garden showcases native plants that thrive when temper ...

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10 fall tips to use energy and water wisely    

  by  Danielle O.  on  10/2/2019

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 tips for inside and outside your home to help use energy (and water) wisely, save money and stay comfortable.

1. Take advantage of heat from the sun. Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat the home and close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.

2. Adjust the thermostat. When home, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. While asleep or out of the house, turn the thermostat back to save on heating bills. A smart thermostat can make it easy to set back the temperature.

3. Find and seal leaks. Add caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.

4. Schedule a furnace check-up. Replace filters once a month or as needed.

5. Reduce heat loss from the fireplace. Keep the fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.

6. Check holiday lights. Use LED holiday lights to reduce the cost of decorating for the holidays.

7. Turn off lights in empty rooms. On average, home lighting accounts for 10 to 15 percent of energy bills. Flip the switch off when leaving a room.

8. Adjust your water heater. Turn down the temperature of the water heater to the warm setting (120°F). Wash clothes on the cold setting.

9. Adjust the sprinkler system. As the temperatures drop, cut back to watering only one day a week in October.

10. Wash full loads. Modern dishwashers use less water than handwashing. Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry to use water and the natural gas used to heat it wisely.

If you are updating appliances or just trying to reduce the monthly utility bill, we offer rebates on energy and water efficient products and appliances. Visit to learn more.


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