When it comes to tossing out plastic bottles or newspaper, many of us don’t think twice about recycling. For one Colorado Springs couple, recycling inspired them to start a business that is taking the home remodeling world by storm. Debbie and Jerry Johnson saw a feature on the DIY network about recycled granite and thought they would give it a try for their own remodeling project. Often slabs of granite used for countertops are cut up into smaller pieces with plenty of leftovers. Those granite pieces can’t be a countertop but they can be cut up into tiles for backsplashes or even entire walls. That’s how the Johnson’s used recycled granite.
The Johnsons were so impressed that they set up a Colorado Springs franchise of the Recycled Granite Network. Since opening in March, Colorado Recycled Granite has expanded business in the area, hiring several employees. Since the Recycled Granite Network was started in 2009 they have managed to divert over 30 million pounds of granite away from landfills and generated over five million dollars in revenue. That’s taking recycling to a whole new level.
Sadly, not every recycling project you take on is going to lead to a lucrative business. But you should be satisfied that anytime you can recycle you’re reducing your carbon footprint and keeping our environment clean. You could accomplish both of those goals when you hire a company like Junk King Colorado Springs to pick up your old kitchen appliances. Yes, even your broken stove can be recycled.
When Junk King picks up an item they are always going to try and get that piece recycled whether it’s an old stove or sofa. Upwards of 60% of everything that Junk King collects gets recycled. There are two options. An item can go to a facility which will melt it down or grind it up. That works great for scrap metal, concrete, cement and even dirt. Another recycling choice would be to drop of the item at a refurbishing center. Typically these are charities which take in items that need a little TLC. The objects are then donated to those in need or sold to benefit the charity. It’s like getting a second lease on life for your junk.
You won’t have to think about what can be recycled and what can’t. The Junk King Colorado Springs crew will do all the sorting for you. You don’t even have to ask; they’re going to recycle automatically. That’s just the Junk King way! Call Junk King today to set up an appointment to get rid of your appliances and all the rest of your junk!
In the market for a new kitchen range? Luckily, you’ll have a range of choices! Actually, when you talk about power there are only two choices: gas or electric. Put those two types of stoves side by side and you’ll see right away that the gas oven is going to cost you more. But, it’s going to cost less to operate. The average cost of running a gas stove is around 7 cents an hour while an electric over actually costs around 16 cents an hour. That might not seem like a lot for an hour of baking but add that up over several years and you can see where paying a little bit more for a gas oven will turn out to be more cost effective. How much more? If the average kitchen stove lasts around 15 years then it will cost you approximately $382 in gas versus $867 in electric power. Translation: What could you do with $500 extra dollars in your pocket?
After you’ve settled on the type of range you’ll also get to pick the type of controls. Touchpads will provide you with more precise settings but they can be a big hassle to repair if they should ever break down. With a knob, all you have to do is swap out the knob. On a range top gas oven you’ll be dealing with open flames. If you go electric you can have either coils or a close top. Guess which one is going to be easier to clean?
Some oven designs allow for warming zones. On electric ranges these are areas on the stovetop that you can keep a pot warm without cooking in. In a gas range, there could be a drawer at the bottom of the oven which lets you do the same thing. The problem with the oven drawer is that it is sometimes hard to manage and can easily overheat with the oven going.
You can see you’ll have a lot of options for your new stove. One area where you don’t need a lot of options is getting rid of the old stove. That’s because Junk King Colorado Springs is really the only call you should make.
Junk King will provide you with a two-man crew and dolly capable of pulling out your stove and loading it on the back of their truck. That’s right; you also get a truck to fill up with whatever kind of junk you want to toss out. Start with the stove and end with cleaning out your entire garage. Tap into the power of Junk King Colorado Springs today!
Did you make a New Year’s resolution for 2013? Have you kept it so far? It’s never too late to kick up a resolution especially if it’s going to make the quality of your life that much better. Beyond the affirming resolutions of eating better and exercising more you could also think about a resolution or two that improves your actual home.
The recent fires that swept through the area are an important reminder that our lives can be upended in a flash. Are you ready for the next fire season? You might want to put together an emergency kit for you and your family. This could be a bag with a change of clothes and toiletries kept at the ready. You could also stock your car with a first aid kit. Don’t get caught in a scramble for valuable papers and photos. Try to gather them all up into one easy to access spot or container. You should also have an evacuation plan put into place with your family. This should include the number of family or friend you can all check in with.
Another resolution that might not be tied to a potential disaster is taking advantage of all your appliance rebate programs. If you’re buying a new appliance you might be pleased to discover that purchasing an item with an Energy Star rating could qualify you for a rebate from the government. On the other end of the spectrum you could also think about extending the warranty on some appliances to get a little more life out of them. However, if it’s time to toss them out then you’ll want to make sure you dispose of them in a responsible manner. That would be with hiring Junk King Colorado Springs to do all the work.
Junk King takes great pride in the valuable work they do. By effortlessly removing junk from people’s homes they are reducing potential safety hazards and allowing those residents to put all that storage space to much practical uses. In some cases, there have been homeowners who were able to take back an entire room from all the junk they collected over the years. What’s better: setting up a home office or screening room or keeping a room stuffed with unused furniture? If you’re going to replace your appliances for the rebate program then Junk King Colorado Springs is the perfect partner to help you get rid of those items in a responsible manner. Junk King will make sure if something can be recycled or donate that it will be. You make the resolution to throw out stuff and Junk King will handle the rest!
There is a pretty small window of opportunity when it comes to enjoying a freshly cut Christmas tree. Typically, most trees are first sold during Thanksgiving weekend and right up to Christmas Eve. The longer you wait to buy the tree, the longer you’ll get to enjoy it but where’s the fun in that if it has to come down right after New Years? The key is not to let your Christmas tree over stay its “welcome.” You can stretch out your time with the tree by making sure you water it every day. It should be in a stand that can hold at least a gallon of water. If you missed out on that, think ahead to next year.
The moment a tree has dried out is when it should come down. This doesn’t always mean it turns brown but when the needles start falling off in record numbers then it’s time to get rid of that tree. While there might be an opportunity to toss out the tree on your curb and have it picked up by the municipal workers, you have to make sure you get it out on the scheduled day. It’s different for each neighborhood. If you opt to get rid of your tree that way, you’ll be forced to do it on their schedule and not yours. Miss the pick-up and you’re stuck with the tree. Even if it is out of your home, it’s still a fire hazard. One missed tossed cigarette and that tree will go up in a flash. You best bet is to hire Junk King Colorado Springs to help you dispose of that tree properly.
Working with Junk King, the junk removal specialist of Colorado Springs, means you’ll be working on your schedule. In other words, when you’re ready, Junk King will be standing by. Knowing that Junk King will be coming by to pick up your Christmas tree after the holiday can also mean you’ll be able to get rid of any other bulky items that have piled up. If you’ve gotten a new big screen TV then you’re going to have a big box to toss out. If you’re replacing the kids’ bikes with new models then the old ones should be taken away. There could also be a whole bunch of electronic gadgets that have becoming obsolete along with several appliances. All of those things can be picked up at the same time as your tree and all taken away on the back of the Junk King truck.
Make your appointment with Junk King for your post holiday clean up today. That will be one less thing you’ll have to worry about!
First impressions matter whether you’re applying for a job or when a guest is coming over for the holidays. What’s the first thing they’re going to see? Your front door obviously which is the perfect spot for a fresh wreath. Once inside, the entryway could be a snow boot, overcoat overflow zone. If you know you’ve got guests coming over then get the family to move their winter outfits out of the entryway and into the nearest closet to make room for your guests’ arrival. You could also spruce up the entry way with a new doormat, a nicely placed mirror or some holiday lights or candles.
In most homes, the kitchen becomes the magnet for all the guests. You can improve things by cutting back on the counter clutter. If you’re not going to be using all those appliances then tuck them in a cabinet. You can spruce up things a bit more by swapping out your cabinet fixtures. Bringing in some holiday themed canisters will also help promote the festive vibe. For the bathroom, make sure you’ve got extra soap and toilet paper. There are also little holiday touches like special towels and soap dispensers that you can place in here. And a scented candle will work wonders!
If your guests are spending the night then you’ll want to make sure they’ve got a cozy place to put their head at the end of the night. Here in Colorado Springs we can count on snow and chilly nights. Make sure there is a spare comforter or even an electric blanket to keep your guests nice and toasty. A guestroom is also the perfect spot for a fresh poinsettia plant.
Often guests who will spend the holiday with you will be coming for some of the fun outdoor activities such as skiing or sledding. What kind of shape is your garage in? Do you have the space for extra skis or snow equipment? The approaching holidays might just be the perfect time to get rid of all the clutter in your home. That can happen very quickly and affordably with a single call to Junk King Colorado Springs.
Junk King takes the stress out of junk removal, especially during the holidays. The Junk King crew will show up at your home at the designated appointment with a two man team able to lift, carry and remove any item you want taken out from an old sofa to a bulky TV set to a piano! They’ll load your junk up on their big truck and make sure it is properly disposed of either at a certified landfill or at one of the many recycling centers located around Colorado Springs. As soon as you wave good-bye to that junk you can start your decorating in earnest. Enjoy the holidays knowing that you’re home is junk free.
Around your home there are some clear signs when you need to call in a specialist. When the plumbing backs up you’re going to call in a plumber. Hopefully, that won’t be on a holiday weekend or in the middle of your dinner party. If you experience leaks during a rain storm it might be time to call in a roof specialist to access the need for a quick fix or a total roof replacement. But what about a junk removal specialist? Do you know the warning signs of when it’s time to call them in?
Thanks to reality TV we’ve all had the opportunity to become familiar with the concept of obsessive hoarding. At its core, a hoarder is someone who has trouble throwing anything away. For some reason there is a disconnect in the way their mind processes information to make it seem like there is a sentimental attachment to a pile of old newspapers or trash from take-out dinners. A serious hoarder will hold onto anything and everything. It just goes into a pile. They don’t even recognize when those piles turn into literal hazardous waste or when they can even navigate through their own home.
Let’s say it’s not that bad for you. You’re willing to throw away stuff you just don’t have the means. It could be that a weekly garbage pickup wouldn’t be enough to get rid of all your junk. Fortunately, you have an option in Junk King Colorado Springs. This is the local Colorado Springs business that helps people get rid of their clutter no matter how close they are to becoming a hoarder.
If you’re ready to call in this kind of specialist then you’re not alone. Junk King has been serving the Colorado Springs area for awhile now and they have already carted off tons of garbage from homes, businesses and apartments. Don’t be embarrassed that you can’t fit into your garage anymore. Just throw open those doors and start a pile for the Junk King. A great rule of thumb to follow is that if you haven’t used something in at least six months and don’t have any intention of using it for six months it should be tossed out. Put aside your noble intentions of investing in all that exercise equipment; if you’re not going to use it then get it out!
The Junk King Colorado Springs crews are all courteous and professional. This is their job and they take great pride in a job well done. How can they help you with your junk removal? Give them a call and find out today at 1-800-995-5865
Welcome to the dog days of summer in Colorado. If you’re lucky you’re living in a place with central air conditioning. That means you can keep your whole home as chilly as you like. Even a single air conditioning unit might just do the trick. That unit could also be a big help with cutting down on your energy bills. Instead of running the house wide central air, you could keep that small unit humming in your bedroom over night. If you’re considering getting a new AC unit to replace an older model you’re in luck. Prices have come down recently and energy efficiency has gone up. That means you’ll be saving money right out of the gate when you buy your new unit and with every monthly electric bill.
First you’ll want to consider the size. The smaller the room, the smaller the unit you’ll need. Most average rooms can be cooled off with an AC that generates between 5,000 to 6,000 BTUs. Don’t think that bigger is going to cool down faster. In fact, you might find that a huge unit pumping out 14,000 BTUs will cool off a room so fast that the air becomes cold and clammy. That’s not comfortable. Just as with heating a pot to boil, you want a gradual cooling off time.
You’ll also want to check the noise level of the unit. This is especially true if you’re going to be plugging the AC into your bedroom at night. If you can’t turn the AC on in the store to hear how it sounds, you should rely on internet reviews. It’s the best way to get a sense of how a new model AC might work.
Consider also the placement of your new AC. The goal would be to have it blow air as close to the center of a room as possible. That allows for an even disbursement. If the only window you have in the room is tucked into a corner you might find the AC is working harder to cool down the space. You’ll also want to make sure you’ll be able to secure your window around the AC. Measure your window twice before heading out to the store.
Finally, you want an AC that comes with a decent warranty and is convenient to maintain. To keep an air conditioner working properly you’ll probably have to swap out the filter every season. Make sure your new AC comes with easy to follow instructions. You might also want to stock up on a couple of extra filters while you’re at it.
Then there is the issue of getting rid of the old AC. This is not something you can toss out into the garbage or recycling bin with this week’s newspapers. An air conditioner has to be properly disposed of. That’s where Junk King Colorado Springs can come into play. The Colorado Springs based Junk King specializes in bulky junk removal. Not only can they get rid of your AC but you can also use them to get rid of any other oversized item you want gone. Remember, less junk in your home means more cool air circulating!
When you mention the word “barbeque” to a foodie you could be sparking an intense debate between Memphis style versus Kansas City style of BBQ. Is dry rub better than marinade? What’s the best wood for smoking? What about dipping sauces? Yes, a barbeque conversation can go on for hours. The best way to talk about barbeque is actually while enjoying barbeque. Just because we live in Colorado Springs doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good ol’ fashioned BBQ cook-out. In fact, the recent Boats, Bands and BBQ held its 12 Annual event over at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo. This HARP event featured a chicken wing and ice cream eating contest. However, the main attraction had to be the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned cook-off of professional grillers. These are folks who took their BBQ very seriously.
It was expected that the event would draw around 48 teams from around the country. The goal was simple: cook any kind of ribs any kind of way and grill something using Pueblo chilies. This was definitely a competition everyone can sink their teeth into! What’s amazing about these contests is that the chefs don’t just cook for the judges. They’re also cooking for all the event goers. Translation: For one small fee you could sample the most amazing BBQ ever to hit the Colorado area. All it takes is for one new dry rub ingredient or sauce tasting to inspire you to rush back to your own backyard grill to try your hand at some BBQ ribs or tri-tip.
Getting the right ingredients and cut of meat is only half the battle. You also have to make sure your grill is up to the challenge. What kind of shape is your current grill in? If it spent the winter in the backyard it took a beating. Even keeping the grill covered would still expose it to snow, rain and wind and that’s just the outside. On the inside of the grill you might find that your starter button is no longer working or your flames aren’t firing up as they should. All of that points to the simple conclusion that it’s time for a new grill and this is the perfect time to go grill shopping. Stores are eager to move their grills out at the beginning of the summer and you might find a decent bargain.
After buying your grill and waiting for it to get delivered, you’ll have to take care of the old model. Yes, it served you well over the years but now it’s time to say good-bye. A team of professional junk haulers like Junk King Colorado Springs will help make the “good-bye” as hassle free as possible. This is because they’ll be able to load up that old grill on the back of their truck and have it properly disposed of. You’ll also be able to load up the trunk with even more junk that has seen better days like old patio furniture or clutter from the garage. When everything is clear, you can focus on what is truly important: perfecting your BBQ recipes!
Summer has arrived and that sizzling sound you hear will be your neighbors firing up their backyard BBQ grills. If there is one thing that should inspire you to get your grill on it’s that amazing smell of BBQ. Seasoned backyard grillers all have their own time tested methods for grilling up the best BBQ but one thing they will all agree on is creating the right environment for a backyard BBQ.
If you’ve got a new grill you’re happy with then you want to make sure to keep that grill in top shape. Believe it or not, food won’t stick to a clean grill. That’s why it’s essential they you give you grill a good scrubbing after every use. In fact, the best time to clean a grill is when it is still hot. The moment you take any kind of meat off a grill, you should let it rest before digging in. During that time take a good grill brush and give your BBQ the once over. By the time you’re down scrapping off the grill, you’re dinner will be ready.
Clearly, you need fire to grill. The old school method is a bag of charcoal, a dash of lighter fluid and a match. New and improved grills have propane lighters with automatic starters. One takes time to prep while the other is just a push of the button. However, with either choice you also have the option to kick up your grilling by adding flavor to your fuel. Mesquite wood is a perfect choice but there are many other flavor varieties of wood that can be added to pretty much any fire that will enhance your grilling experience.
Speaking of fuel, you also need to master the difference between direct and indirect heat. Thin cuts of meat are best prepared over direct heat while bigger items like chicken or some veggies are best grilled over indirect heat. This when you should separate your grill into two zones: Direct, with the fire flames going and indirect, with the heat but not the flames. Also, the top chefs suggest that you grill food at room temperature not cold right out of the ice box. Take your stuff out for at least 30 minutes before tossing it onto the grill.
Naturally, you’re going to need a decent BBQ grill to get all this accomplished. If you’ve got an old grill that spent the winter outdoors maybe it’s time to get that model replaced. You won’t be able to toss it out in the garbage. Instead you should contract the junk hauling team at Junk King Colorado Springs to cart your grill away. This same crew will also help out with getting the rest of your backyard into primo BBQ shape by hauling away old patio furniture, dead shrubs or anything else that doesn’t belong back there. The goal is to create a relaxing outdoor environment and make your neighbors jealous from all those amazing BBQ aromas!
Have you upgraded your cell phone recently? If you have then you’re now enjoying some of the newest innovations in cell phone technology. We can literally carry a computer in the palm of our hand. What about your old cell phone? Often those old phones are tossed in a drawer and forgotten about. But now the Promenade Shops at Briargate are joining a nationwide program called Cell Phones for Soldiers. How this program works is that the designated shops will collect your old cell phones and then turn them in for recycling. The money they collect from the recycling goes towards the purchase of telephone calling cards. These calling cards are then donated to military personnel serving overseas and allows them to make affordable calls to their families back home. This is a perfect excuse for cleaning out those stuffed drawers in your home and getting rid of the old cell phones.
If this kind of activity puts you in a recycling frame of mind kind of you don’t have to stop with the cell phones. You could consider finally getting rid of some bulkier items like all those big cardboard boxes you have left over from your last move. Selling boxes has become a big business for a lot of moving companies. As a result you’re probably not that eager to let go of those boxes you paid good money for. While it might be practical to hold onto a few boxes it doesn’t make sense to keep heaping piles of cardboard in your garage or basement. There is a concern that all of that cardboard stacked together could become a fire hazard. On the other hand, if it should happen to get wet and moldy it can become a health hazard of a different kind. That’s why you’re better off just getting rid of them once and for all.
Instead of taking several weeks to load up your recycling bin you can get rid of those boxes in one appointment when you hire Junk King’s team of Colorado Hauling specialists.. This is an experienced crew who can gather up all those piles of cardboard and toss them into the back of their truck. While they are at it you can also put them to work to get rid of anything else that’s too big for the weekly trash pickup. Finally you can get rid of that old broken down easy chair. You can also load up that truck with any kitchen appliances, an old mattress and even electronic waste like televisions and computer monitors.
Because these are professional junk haulers they will also know where to take these items to make sure they are properly recycled. You won’t have to worry about driving around Colorado Springs to look for the closest recycling facility; Junk King Colorado Springs will take care of all that. So your new plan should start with recycling your cell phone and finish with cleaning out the junk from your entire home!
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