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Published: 1/24/2020  9:00 AM
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Published: 1/15/2020  7:00 AM
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​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
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Published: 12/17/2019  4:47 PM
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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
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​New solar array now powering Colorado Springs

Published: 12/6/2019  4:37 PM
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Would you drink the fat?

Published: 11/25/2019  11:00 AM
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Resolve to be environmentally friendly in 2020   

  by  Danielle O.  on  1/10/2020

​While Colorado SpringsJanuary 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, these habits can help you save money too.

Power your life with solar energy
Colorado receives about 300 days of sun per year - an excellent platform for solar power. Solar energy helps protect the environment, diversifies our energy supply and creates energy independence.

This year, our electric customers can now participate in a new Green Power program, a voluntary program that allows customers to designate a percentage of their monthly electric use to be generated by solar energy. You can make a positive impact on the environment by participating. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To enroll, call 448-4800.

This is a good option if you can't or don't want to install solar panels on your home or business, but still want to support renewable energy.

Be water wise
Effective Jan. 1, our water customers are following new water-wise rules. These rules limit watering to three days a week. From May 1 to Oct. 15, watering will not be allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sprinklers can run at any time of day before May 1 and after Oct. 15.

Used properly, irrigation equipment can reduce landscape water use from 5 to 20%. We offer rebates on efficient irrigation equipment, including smart controllers and sprinkler heads with check valves. You can learn more about water efficiency and water-wise tips for your landscape at our Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road.

Recycle
Recycling has many benefits, such as reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserving natural resources, saving energy and preventing pollution.

In addition to everyday household waste such as paper and plastic containers, remember to responsibly recycle appliances and electronics. We offer a $50 rebate for recycling old, inefficient refrigerator or freezers. This program ensures that refrigerants, oils and other compounds are properly removed and reclaimed.

We also offer a toilet recycling program for anyone installing a newer, more water-efficient commode. Recycled toilets are crushed and used as road base – saving environmental resources, reducing waste to landfills and saving money for new materials.

Go electric
Vehicles that use gas emit greenhouse gases and pollutants. Electric vehicles have a smaller environmental impact than conventional vehicles because they do not produce carbon and other emissions directly from their tailpipes. State and federal incentives are available for people purchasing electric vehicles, making them a practical choice if you're looking to purchase a vehicle this year. With the average commute in Colorado Springs at about 6 miles, a typical driver would only need to charge their electric vehicle about once a week.

Public charging stations and workplace charging options in Colorado Springs are growing in popularity, providing on-the-go options to charge. The free app PlugShare helps electric vehicle owners find all nearby charging stations, regardless of company affiliation.

Small changes in energy and water use can make a big difference. Visit csu.org for more information on these topics and more.

 
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