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There are many ways to conserve energy in your home, from minor adjustments to major home improvements. Making these small changes at home can go a long way in protecting the environment and potentially cutting down your utility costs.
Utilize Natural Light
Open blinds and curtains during the day, and turn on lights only when needed at night.
Use Power Strips
Plug multiple electronics or appliances into a power strip and turn off the power strip when they are not in use.
Only Wash Full Loads of Dishes and Laundry
Don’t waste water and energy on half-full loads.
Replace Light Bulbs
Replace light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, such as halogen incandescents, CFLs or LEDs. If you can’t replace all bulbs, just replace the most frequently used ones.
Use Less Hot Water
Try to take shorter showers and fewer baths to limit your use of hot water.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature when you are asleep or away.
If you have older appliances, you might consider replacing them with newer, energy-efficient products to save money long-term.
Insulation helps keep heat (and cold!) in, reducing wasted energy. Insulate heating ducts, hot water pipes and water heaters, and make sure your home as a whole is well-insulated.
Seal Air Leaks
Sealing any air leaks keeps both hot and cold air in.
Turn Off Electronics
Turn off and unplug any electronics, such as computers or TVs, when they are not in use, especially when you are away for a long period of time.
Wash Clothes With Cold Water and Air Dry
Washing clothes in cold water and air drying them can significantly reduce energy waste during your laundry routine.
We hope these tips help you save energy (and money!) at home.
Keeping your home well-maintained and cared for helps ensure it stays in great condition for years to come and will retain its value when it comes time to sell.
The benefits of a clean house are innumerable! By decluttering and deep cleaning your home, you can help reduce stress, improve your efficiency and even eliminate seasonal allergens! Below are a few tips to help get you started off on the right foot.
Create a Cleaning Checklist
Don’t get overwhelmed by the thought of detailing your entire home. Instead, create a checklist and start scheduling tasks and delegating chores. There are a lot of free resources, checklists and templates online you can tailor to fit the needs of your home. Then, turn on some music, open a window and start working your way through the list one room at a time!
Declutter Your Space
A great place to start is by decluttering your home and donating the items you no longer want or need. With fewer items taking up space in your home, it’s also much easier to clean! This is also an opportunity to swap your wardrobes and store seasonal items elsewhere so your closets and drawers stay organized.
Deep Clean Neglected Areas
Rid your home of hidden dirt and grime by dusting areas that may be neglected during a regular cleaning, such as blinds, slipcovers and drapes. You will want to tackle the big-ticket cleaning items next, including vacuuming behind and under furniture and appliances, cleaning windows, and wiping down walls and cabinets. When it comes time to deep clean your floors, consider having your wood floors waxed and your carpets professionally cleaned.
Do a Safety Check
Many people tie-in annual reminders such as replacing their smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries into their spring cleaning routine. This helps ensure all safety measures are working properly and gives you more peace of mind.
Add Life to Your Home
Now that your home is clean, think about adding some fresh flowers or houseplants to celebrate the new season! It’s amazing what a little greenery can do to lift your spirits and help fight a case of spring fever.
Recharge Your Mind
At the end of a busy spring cleaning session, don’t forget to set aside some time to recharge and reward yourself for all of your hard work!
As always, if you have questions on your home or the current real estate market, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to assist!
You know what they say: What goes around comes around. But did we ever think wood paneling and wallpaper would make a comeback?
That’s right — take a look at today’s most trendy homes on social media and you’ll see that many design concepts from the past have returned in full force. Let’s step inside our time machine and make a few stops in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, where many of today’s hottest home décor and interior design trends first took the world by storm.
Brass: Although small and subtle, fixtures and hardware have the ability to set the tone in your home. Shiny brass was all the rage in the ‘90s, but it’s back — with a modern twist. Many are installing matte brass handles, faucets and light fixtures, in either ultra-modern or more vintage silhouettes.
Wallpaper: Wallpaper is back in full force! But don’t worry — we left the matching couch fabrics and curtains in the ‘80s and ‘90s where they belong. Today’s wallpaper is fresh and modern, with an emphasis on geometric shapes and floral prints. Covering a powder room or accent wall is a good way to dip your toes in this cyclical trend.
Houseplants: You may think houseplants are timeless and universal. But they actually haven’t been this popular since the 1970s when we filled our homes with plants — especially spider plants and ferns. Our indoor jungles are both pretty to look at and are said to have some health benefits!
Color in the Kitchen: All-white kitchens certainly had their moment, but we’re beginning to see bolder pops of color in the kitchen again, this time steering clear of the burnt oranges and avocado greens of the ‘70s. Painting cabinets or an accent wall gives a retro look without having to commit too much to a certain color.
Woven Furniture: Although its history dates all the way back to Mayflower, woven furniture was popular in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it’s been revived once again — this time, with a more modern boho feel. We’re seeing less of the matchy-matchy look; instead, it’s used sparingly in the form of statement rattan and wicker chairs, woven baskets, etc.
Individual Rooms: Believe it or not, we’re seeing a dip in open concept design, as many are looking for separate rooms, divided to provide personal space and more cozy nooks. This became even more prevalent during the Coronavirus pandemic!
Wood Paneling: While it once dated a room and was the first to go during a remodel, wood paneling has seen a resurgence in recent days. Today, we’re seeing slimmer slats, white-washed shiplap and natural tongue and groove boards.
Macramé: Macramé was popularized in the 1970s. It’s back on the scene, mostly in the form of plant hangers, wall hangings, hammocks and pillows, creating an updated boho chic look.
It's time again for the annual Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Associations in Denver and Colorado Springs. It's a great place to get decorating ideas, see the latest home technology features, tour new floor plans and maybe get a glimpse of the future.
Denver's Parade is being held Thursdays through Saturdays from August 5 to 29, noon to 5pm. You can tour online or in person the largest showcase of the latest in new homes in the Denver metropolitan area. To tour virtually, get directions digitally or download and print the map, go to Parade of Homes Denver
The Parade of Homes presented by the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs is being held when the weather will be a bit cooler, September 10 through 26, 10am to 6pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). This is one of the longest and continually running parades in the nation. It includes 19 homes by 17 of the area's builders priced from the mid $300,000s to over $5,900,000. For more information about the homes and to purchase tickets go to Parade of Homes Colorado Springs
Come discover new communities and what's new in interior design trends, outdoor living and landscaping!
Whether it’s the scent of freshly mowed grass, space for your dog to run around, or preparing a home-grilled meal for friends, there’s no doubt that the outdoors is one of the biggest advantages of owning a home. As an added bonus, taking good care of your yard can also help improve your home’s value over time.
Curb appeal can play an important role in determining the value of your home and lush green grass can often make a positive first impression! Whether you’re new to homeownership or you've owned your home for many years, make sure you’re doing your best to care for your home’s exterior. Below are a few quick and easy tips for maintaining your yard.
Mow and Water Your Yard Frequently
During the summer, your lawn should be mowed about once a week and should get an inch to an inch and a half of water during the same period. If you don’t want to invest in an automatic irrigation system, you can purchase an inexpensive programmable hose timer to help you monitor your watering schedule. Just be sure to check your local laws and be mindful of potential local watering restrictions.
If you’re worried about not being able to set aside time to maintain your yard, consider hiring a professional lawn care service. They will be able to care for your lawn or even install convenient landscaping options like xeriscaping or low-maintenance turf.
Fertilize and Aerate Your Lawn Seasonally
Aerating allows your grass and plants to stay healthy by making room in the soil for nutrients and water. Some cities may require you to remove noxious or non-native weeds. In most cases, you can use weed-killer to remove unwanted plants in your yard — just be careful since some herbicides can be dangerous to other plants as well as humans and animals.
Remove Debris from Your Yard
Leaves and other yard waste can hurt the grass underneath if left unattended. Trim and prune overgrown trees and shrubs to promote new growth, and add fresh mulch to areas that need it. Edging the lawn along your sidewalks and curbs is an effective way to add a professional appearance to your lawn.
Care for Tools and Equipment
You want to make sure all of your tools are properly cared for, especially your lawnmower. Mower blades should be sharpened at the beginning of each season to keep your lawn healthy and to prevent grass from being damaged or cut inconsistently. You should also check the height setting on your lawnmower to make sure it's not set too low, which could dull your blades or damage your grass. And last but not least, always remember to use safety equipment while you work on your lawn, including ear plugs, safety glasses, long sleeve shirts, long pants, close-toed shoes, gloves and sunscreen.
Hopefully these tips will help you achieve a well-maintained yard that you can enjoy with family, friends and neighbors. As always, if you have questions on your home or the current real estate market, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are happy to assist!