Friday, May 29, 2015

Colorado Springs Utilities Open House

From the Colorado Springs Utilities website:

Curious of which water-wise plants are best suited for your yard? Wondering how you can make your home more energy efficient?
Join us at our Open House to discover answers to these questions and more.
  • Saturday, June 6
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Conservation and Environmental Center at 2855 Mesa Rd. (map)
  • Free parking and open to the public
Ask the experts, participate in free classes and demonstrations, take home money-saving giveaways and enter to win great prizes! Plus, kids will learn about energy and water through a scavenger hunt and other activities.
Classes include:
  • Renewable energy: Learn about solar power from a local installer
  • Energy efficiency at home: The Energy Resource Center will share easy ways to save energy and money
  • Xeriscape: Discover which low-water plants are best for your landscape
Demonstrations, tours and booths
  • Electric vehicle test drives from BMW and Nissan
  • Xeriscape garden tours
  • Irrigation system how-to workshop
  • Energy and water experts on hand to discuss your efficiency improvements
  • Get hands on with our energy and water interactive home
  • Visit our demonstration yards and take home easy-to-follow landscape templates
  • Ask the experts: Local energy and water experts will be on hand to answer your home improvement questions
  • Bake sale presented by the Friends of the Mesa Garden
Enter to win
  • Window air conditioner provided by Home Depot
  • High-efficiency faucet with installation provided by Team Plumbing
  • Energy-efficient 5 cubic foot freezer provided by iHeart Media
  • WaterSense labeled toilet and free installation from Rampart Supply
  • Gift cards from Phelan Nursery, Colorado Tree Farm and Summerland Gardens
  • Compost bin from Ace Hardware
  • LED lights from CLEAResult
  • Spin the wheel to win prizes from iHeart Media (KCCY, KKLI and KVUU will be on site)
Giveaways and exchange
  • First 25 households to arrive receive a free hose nozzle
  • Xeriscape perennial flower seeds
  • Exchange: Bring in up to two old showerheads and receive new WaterSense labeled showerheads and a shower timer (details here)
Kids' activities
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Dewey, Louie the Lightning Bug and Sniffy mascots
  • Water system interactive display

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Thanks for following the PPLD Green Team blog!

Since this is a seasonal blog, we won't be updating as often as during Earth Month. But you'll still find many of the organizations and resources listed here helpful year round. We'll try to add a monthly entry with sustainability events, but otherwise, check back with us next March!