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In the previous years, people would automatically envision boring and bland materials when talking about eco-friendly flooring. With more and more people looking for environmentally friendly flooring options, manufacturers have supplied us with several flooring options and beautiful designs to choose from.

For homeowners who are looking to go green, here are 4 eco-friendly flooring options to consider.

Reclaimed hardwood

Hardwood is undoubtedly beautiful. It is also extremely durable. Although it’s a natural material, it’s not very environmentally friendly. If you like the look of wood, but you’re looking for an eco-friendly flooring option, consider reclaimed hardwood.

Reclaimed wood is usually sourced from old barns that were torn down, and then re-used for a variety of purposes. Although it is recycled wood, it is extremely durable and will last for several decades. It also provides a unique look and character to your living space.

Linoleum

Most people often confuse linoleum with vinyl. Unlike vinyl, linoleum is made from natural materials like ground limestone, wood flour, tree resins, cork dust and linseed oil.

When properly installed and maintained, it can last for about 40 years. Linoleum is extremely durable, making it a great option for high traffic areas. It is also easy to maintain and very affordable.

Cork

Cork floors are harvested from the bark of cork trees. There is no need to cut down the tree in order to harvest the bark. Cork is a sustainable option since the bark replenishes itself every 8 to 10 years.

As compared to the other flooring on the list, cork is relatively new to the flooring world. But it is slowly becoming a more popular option for homeowners. This is a great flooring option for families with young kids as it is naturally hypoallergenic and is resistant to dust and toxin absorption. It is also comfortable underfoot.

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring has been gaining popularity with homeowners. Many of them choose bamboo flooring as an alternative to wood flooring. It is extremely durable and has a similarly elegant aesthetic as hardwood. But what sets it apart from wood is that it’s environmentally friendly.

Bamboo is a type of grass. In spite of this, it usually lasts as long as hardwood floors. It is also easy to clean and maintain. Considering its quality, bamboo flooring is surprisingly affordable.



If you are planning to sell your home, it is only natural to want to sell your home for the highest price possible. In order to do to that, then you need to make sure that you give potential home buyers what they want. Here are 4 hot home features that increase your home value. You can increase your home’s selling price by up to 35% percent if your house has these features.

Let’s face it. Cleaning is no fun, and it’s not everyone’s favorite thing to do. But if you want to keep your house clean and keep your stuff organized, cleaning is an absolute must.

Before you proceed in cleaning the house, please take note of the biggest germ and dirt magnets and get them squeaky clean and disinfected.

Your remote control

According to a study, which was conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Arizona, your remote control has more bacteria as compared to your toilet seat. It gets lost behind the cushion, you touch it with your Cheetos-stained hands and you find it lying on the floor after the dog played with it, we could go on. So, make sure to give it a good rubdown with alcohol on a microfiber cloth at least once a week.

Door handles and light switches

Next time you’re doing the dusting, don’t forget to wipe down the door handles and light switches. Most people tend to forget to clean them, yet they are probably the most touched items in your house. Even the guests touch them. Clean them weekly. If someone in the house is sick, do it daily.

Bathroom mats

Here’s another item that gets used on a regular basis, yet probably don’t get washed as often as they should. Think about all the germs and mildew that fester on these.

Wash them on the hottest temperature you can, then tumble dry. It would also be a good idea to throw them in with some towels to help scrub them clean.

Trash can

Just because you lined it, it doesn’t mean that it’s not covered with germs. Mind you, the inside of the can’s lid is an especially likely culprit for mold, bacteria and mildew. Traces of liquids and food can escape the trash bag and contaminate the trash can itself.

Spray the trash can with some disinfectant every time you take out the garbage. Also, scrub it with bleach water every 2 weeks.


Spring season may have just started but a lot of people are now deciding where to spend their summer vacation. If you are tired of searching for a place to spend your vacation and pay a huge sum of money just to stay in that place for a limited amount of time, why not buy a vacation home and save yourself the hassle?

Owning a vacation home could be rewarding, both financially and personally. It is also a great way of boosting your finances as you can choose to rent it out while not in use. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before buying a vacation home.

Where is a good place to buy?

Buying a vacation home may be comparable to getting married. You should visit the place as a casual visitor, make a long-term commitment and eventually settle down.

If you are looking for a good vacation home, you should consider a few factors like where you live, how much you can afford and the renting ability of the property. So, before you say “I do”, make sure to give these factors some serious thought.

Why do I want to buy?

If you are considering buying a vacation home, make sure that you aren’t buying it for investment purposes only. If this is the case, you should have a realistic expectation on how often you can use it.

If you are planning to retire here, check to see if there are some activities you can engage in during your stay. Also, don’t forget to visit during the off-season.

Can I afford it?

Crunching the numbers is the first step you should take when planning to buy a vacation home. Otherwise, the vacation destination of your dreams can quickly turn into your worst nightmare. It is important to look beyond the asking price and calculate the real cost of home ownership.


When the snow falls or the ice builds up don't forget you have 24 hours from when the snow stops to get the sidewalks shoveled. Here is some important resources during the winter:

Request a Snow Plow or Report Sidewalk Snow and Ice: www.inquireboulder.com and submit a "snow plow request"

IceBusters: If you are a senior or physically disabled person [or just know someone in your neighborhood who is] you can request assistance through the Boulder County CareConnect IceBuster program. For details or to volunteer go to www.careconnectbc.org or call 303.443.1933, ext. 413.

Other Important Snow & Ice Information:

City of Boulder Street Maintenance: 303.413.7162

Snow Dispatch: 303.413.7109

Streets & Bikeways Maintenance Hotline: 303.413.7177

Sidewalk Snow/Ice Complaints: 303.441.3333

Colorado Department of Transportation: 303.442.4382 

 

 

 

 


Bonus Rebates for Colorado Flood-Affected Customers

The historic floods of September, 2013 affected so many in Boulder County and beyond. To help Coloradoans who qualify for FEMA assistance [whether you had flood insurance or not] rebuild with efficiency Xcel is offering bonus rebates on qualifying energy-efficient cooling and heating systems. The information below will give you details on qualifying equipment, rebate amounts and how to apply.

What you should know:

  • Bonus rebates are in addition to regular rebates
  • Rebate amounts vary; click here for details
  • Bonus rebates are retro-active to September 12, 2013
  • Bonus rebates expire September 30, 2014, or when bonus flood-relief funds are exhausted
  • To qualify for the flood-related bonus rebates, customers must show proof of FEMA disaster assistance approval

How to apply for rebates:

  • Use the current program’s rebate application (see list below). There is no change or addition to the program rebate form.
  • Bonus amounts will be calculated and added to the standard rebate amount once FEMA assistance qualification is confirmed.
  • Include your FEMA assistance approval letter with your rebate application. Visit the FEMA website for more information.
  • Please allow 6 to12 weeks for your rebate check to arrive.

Helpful Links and Resources:

Rebate Applications:

Contact Xcel

Residential customers can call 1-800-824-1688 with questions.


There are three things you can do to sell your home: Declutter, put some fresh paint on the walls, and update your kitchen. The look you can go for is slightly staged. You don't have to dilute your home of all your personal possessions and photographs, but do yourself a favor and keep the tchotchkes under control.
The aim of foreclosure mediation is to determine whether the borrower may qualify for available rescue funds and programs, with a goal of keeping the borrower in the home and avoiding foreclosure. But costly delays can plague mediation. Based on the informative article “Keys to a Successful Foreclosure Mediation,” by Benjamin Hoen, the following are 5 simple strategies to help the lender get the most out of mediation.

Xcel is offering great energy efficiency rebates for 2013. It is not too late to apply for now! These can add up to a lot of cash for property owners. The best part is that many of these rebates are not obscure. They are offered on items you may be upgrading anyways and/or repairs you may need to make now or in the near future.

Here is a sample of the Xcel rebates:

  • New Furnace or Boiler: Get up to $120 back
  • Water Heater: Get up to $450 back

  • High Efficiency Cooling: Get up to $1,000 back
  • Insulation: Get up to $300 back
  • Refrigerator Recycling: Get $50 + 2 new CFL bulbs
  • Turn on Saver Switch: Switch and you will get a $40 credit on your Xcel bill each year in October.

There are so many different rebates offered, so take a look at Xcel’s website. For the full list of rebates available from Xcel click here.

Don’t forget to check out your local City and County websites to see if they are offering rebates! Often you can double dip and make your home repair or upgrade much more affordable.

 


The colors of your house, both exterior and interior, have a lot do with the desirability of your home. First impression mean everything, and nothing influences impressions like color. Here are some tips you can use to put more pizzazz into your staging: