Owning a home is like being a parent - your work is never really done.Whether it's looking at energy efficiency or decorating inspiration, home ownership or potential home ownership is an ever-evolving state. That's not to say that the journey can't be fun. That's where the Energy Smart Colorado Western Slope Home Show comes in.The home show offers participants a chance to see the latest in home technology and products, talk to seasoned mountain building professionals and even grab some swag. For a few lucky show-go'ers, large item giveaways are awarded, including a whole new set of bedroom, living room or dining room furniture, compliments of American Furniture Warehouse."You could go to a big box store and spend hours looking at just one thing, or you can come to this home show and get information on a whole bunch of things," said Holli Snyder, general manager of NRC 360, the event sponsor. "This show runs the gamut of everything you could possibly want. The reason you want to go to this show is you can find lots of solutions under one roof."If a homeowner is thinking about taking on projects to maximize the energy efficiency of his or her dwelling, this year's home show is particularly pertinent. Energy Smart Colorado is this year's title sponsor and representatives will be signing up participants for home energy audits. Additionally, many of the show vendors will be presenting energy efficient products and services. Snyder noted that the home show gives attendees face time with various vendors as they consider their next home improvement."You get to talk to the actual owners of local companies who know the answers to questions and know how to help you," she said. "With the economy improving, people are starting to look at projects and this is a great opportunity to talk with our local tradesmen and businesses."The show also does its part to help the local community. A $2 suggested donation at the door goes to Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties.For more information about the Energy Smart Colorado Western Slope Home Show, visit the event website at www.westernslopehomeshow.com.
Anyone who has ever upgraded a personal computer knows finding a new machine is much easier than getting rid of an old one. But the challenges associated with safely disposing of old electronics will be addressed during a special recycling collection event held in cooperation with the Energy Smart Colorado Western Slope Home Show.The electronics recycling is sponsored by the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, Always Mountain Time networks and High Country Computer Services. Collection is slated between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eagle River Center parking lot. Metech Recycling, a certified e-Stewards recycler will be collecting the used electronics and the following fees will be charged:• Cell phones/PDAs/iPods/Cords - Free• Televisions with monitors up to 20 inches - $10• Televisions with monitors 21 to 32 inches - $18• Televisions with monitors more than 32 inches - $25• Desktop computers/laptop computers/keyboards/ prints/fax machines/stereos/small appliances/DVD players/VCR players - $5For more information, contact John-Ryan Lockman with the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability at 970-827-9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special paper shredding and recycling offer is part of the Energy Smart Colorado Western Slope Home Show schedule.Paper Wise, a commercial paper-shredding operation, will be set up at the Eagle River Center Parking lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7. For a $5 fee, participants can have a file-storage size box of paper shredded and recycled.
A wide array of venders have already signed up to participate in the Energy Smart Colorado Western Slope Home Show and one lucky show attendee will win new furniture - either a living room, dining room or bedroom set donated by American Furniture Warehouse - by having his or her home show "Passport" stamped at each sponsor booth.Other show participants will offer great giveaways at the event and here's a list of vendors who will be participating in the Energy Smart Colorado Western Slope Home Show:• A-Z Coatings: Custom concrete resurfacing and spray foam insulation• Active Energies: Solar equipment display and Energy Consulting information• Alpine Ambiance: Window treatments, fine gifts and interior decorating.• American Furniture Warehouse: Affordable home furnishings.• AquaLogic: Residential and commercial water treatment solutions• Celebrating Home: Home decor items and women's accessories• CenturyLink: Community connection for home and residential E-connectivity• Chamberlain's Closets & Cupboards: Closet organizing systems and cupboards• Champion: Windows, sun rooms, roofs, home exteriors.• Climate Control Company: Heating and cooling systems and solutions for residential and commercial customers• Closet Factory: Closet organizers and home organization• Colorado Pool + Spa Scapes: Swimming pool, spa and water feature designer and builder• Conservation Seeding and Restoration: Establishment and restoration of Native Plants• Cutco Cutlery: Cutlery and culinary tools• Detail Decking: Deck installation and maintenance• Dun-Rite Kitchens and Baths: Kitchen replacement, custom counter tops, bathroom renovation, flooring• Energy Smart Colorado: Home energy assessments and conservation measures• Ferguson Enterprises: Decorative and water conservation plumbing products• Independent Tile Company: Tile, handyman services, painting, deck and fence building.• K & H Home Solutions: Siding, doors, windows, insulation, gutters• The Landscape Center: Landscape design and maintenance and garden centers• Mesa Turf Masters: Professional landscape maintenance• Mr. Sandless: A no sanding solution for wood floors• New Electric: Commercial and residential electrical contractor• New Song Clearview: Window coverings, including installation and service• Prevailing Resources: Commercial wind turbines• Renewal by Andersen: Window replacement specialists• R & H Mechanical: Radiant heat and air conditioning systems specialists• Schneider Electric: Effective and safe energy management and products• Skyline Mechanical: HVAC (quality air, heating, A/C, ventilation)• Sundance Plumbing & Heating: Exclusive Rocky Mountain dealer for Kinetico Water Treatment Systems• Sunsense Solar: Solar PV for commercial, utility, business, residential and off grid applications.• TNT Specialty Constructors: General contractor; roofing contractor• Touch of Purple: All natural cleaners; jewelry cleaner• Wizard Wagonworks: Chuck wagon-style hutches and accessories• Zeal: All natural, all-in-one health and wellness supplementFor more show information, visit the event website at westernslopehomeshow.com.