Because July and August are typically our hottest months, and often dry to boot, people tend to use a lot of water. Colorado Springs Utilities has some helpful tips on how to save water — and also money. They include: Water your lawn in early morning or evening to save on evaporation loss. Use mulch to protect the roots of plants and shrubs — it also holds in moisture and protecst the roots. Hand-water brown spots instead of running your whole sprinkler system more often. Most landscapes will be fine if watered just three days a week. In the fall’ cut back to two days a week. For more tips, visit www.csu.org.