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Get Your Home Ready for Summer: May Blog

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy

woman excited about summer in the mountains

Spring in the Rockies

Was your Colorado home hibernating this winter? Spring is a great time to freshen up your space for summer, so when it comes time to break out the hamburgers and hot dogs, your house becomes one less thing to worry about.

To help you get started, I’ve provided a brief spring cleaning checklist – think of it as your home maintenance cheat sheet. You’ll also find a guide for planning the perfect summer party because nothing motivates home maintenance more than the promise of a great party!

As you work your way down the list, remember, I have an extensive network of contractors, landscapers, HVAC professionals, etc right here in Breckenridge, CO available to help you. If you need a backup for anything, give me a call or contact us here. I’m happy to refer you to a top pro!

Colorado Summer is Coming… Eventually

Oh, by the way, ®… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and contact information. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them.

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Why Homeowners Are Actually Saving Money

To rent or to buy, that is the question. Research shows that in most places, it’s actually cheaper to own a home than it is to rent one. This eReport shows clients some statistics on monthly rent versus mortgage payments along with some statistics on how much people are spending on rent. Renters and homeowners alike can benefit from the research in this guide.

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“Beyond the trail” by Sustainable Hiker

Stock photo of man with backpack hiking in mountains colorado

As the snow begins to melt in the high country, I anxiously look forward to another season as a proud steward of our land and water engaged in trail and eco-restoration projects. Many volunteers give what they can on the ground restoring our heavily used land and over tapped waters.

I contemplated over the years as a dedicated volunteer, if there was anything else I or any of us could be doing beyond the trail and decided emphatically that we can.

We work passionately to rejuvenate our natural assets and here are a few ideas on how we can do even more beyond the trail to complement our impactful work.

  1. Acquaint yourself with current legislation that promotes healthy rivers, streams and environmental initiatives that help lessen the effects of pollution and Green House Gas emission on our natural assets. For instance, there are bills in Colorado that address river health, electric vehicle infrastructure expansion, and public land protection and in time funding.
  2. Lower your Greenhouse Gas emissions anyway that you can such as carpooling or taking more sustainable forms of travel when you visit the towns surrounding your National Forest. The Summit Stage bus system here in Summit Count is free and gets you most places easily.  Excessive GHG emissions have contributed to longer and more severe wildfire seasons. Our forests health is in jeopardy.  https://www.summitcountyco.gov/586/Transit-Summit-Stage  
  3. You can do this personally and by encouraging the companies you work for and frequent to do the same. Put them in touch with the local conservation non-profits such as the High Country Conservation Center here in Summit County to get advice on energy audits for energy efficiency. Non-energy efficient residences and commercial buildings are big contributors of GHG. https://www.highcountryconservation.org/
  4. Get involved with your town council to commit to higher renewable energy for your electric energy needs. Coal still represents roughly 50% of our electric utility power generation in Colorado.  The burning of coal is considered highly injurious to the environment we love. https://www.sierraclub.org/ready-for-100/commitments
  5. Begin to look at your investments to make sure the companies you are invested in are not at odds with the job you are doing healing our land. Companies making a real effort toward reducing their carbon footprint in their operations and engaging in water efficiency should be ranked higher while those that do not should be sold.

I look forward to sharing more specific ideas on each of these and more areas on how we can all help the environment and the health of our natural assets that many laboriously steward each year.

Sincerely,

Tom Koehler

Sustainable Hiker