All households need water, but not all water is created equally. According to a U.S. geological survey, about 85% of the country gets what is called “hard water”—water that has high levels of mineral salts, especially that of calcium and magnesium. Denver itself has this type of water, though the “hardness” varies with the season, being slightly harder in the winter when water bodies freeze and softer in the spring when lakes and streams start flowing again.
Most people would describe summers in Denver as a mild and pleasant experience. However, there are times when the summer temperatures do escalate quickly. One such day was July 7, 2014, as CBS Denver reports:
The EPA has recently proposed plans to cut down the amount of carbon dioxide each state produces. This is an effort to help reduce the effects of climate change occurring in areas around the United States.
According to a report from The Denver Business Journal, Colorado has already taken measures to shift to alternative forms of energy as numerous wind and solar power structures were built within the state in recent years. However, there is always room for improvement, especially from the end of state residents.
Is tap water safe to drink? Technically, it is. However, certain water contaminants may linger and consequently cause adverse health effects. Lindsay Carlton, health reporter for FoxNews.com, reveals a few startling facts:
Extreme weather conditions like thunderstorms or flash floods may not be the norm in Colorado during summer. However, the lack of water and the possibility of drought are still prevalent in the region. Consequently, state authorities and environmental groups push for cutting back on water consumption and reducing wastage.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) problems at the Orion Center in Michigan demonstrate the importance of having a reliable and robust system for heating and cooling in Denver, particularly in commercial establishments. According to The Clarkston News staff writer Meg Peters, the Orion Center’s heating and cooling developed multiple performance issues in a span of two years due to bad design and poor construction. The technicians in charge summarized their findings as follows:
Whether it’s a humid summer or a chilly winter, you’ll find seasonal temperature changes easier to manage if you have an efficient and well-maintained heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at home. That said, it’s also important to have a basic understanding of how a heating and cooling system works so you’ll know what to do whenever it acts up. Take some tips from Popular Mechanics that cover the essentials of HVAC maintenance, from the individual components to the safety measures necessary for efficient operation.
How should you tackle a home makeover, especially if the house is historic and deserves to be preserved? To answer this dilemma, Marni Jameson, contributing lifestyle columnist for The Denver Post, sought the expertise of HGTV host Nicole Curtis who specializes in restoring homes. Curtis advises to “tear out almost nothing, restore what's there” – a strategy that would be more affordable and advantageous in improving the home’s value.
Colorado might soon embrace a water conservation mandate similar to that of fellow drought battlers California, Texas, and Georgia. Allen Best, reporter for Mountain Town News on water, energy and other issues, discusses the state legislature’s approval of S.B. 14-103 or the bill that “would require that only those plumbing fixtures certified under the WaterSense program can be sold in Colorado.” If signed by the governor, the bill will be enacted in 2016.
Thanks to their limited income, non-profit organizations have more reason to adopt energy-efficient heating and cooling in Denver. Once they do, however, the rewards can be very appealing. As Stephanie Carroll Carson and Mary Kuhlman reported in October 2013, for Public News Service-Colorado, Denver Urban Ministries was able to save about $200 per month with the help of folks from the Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC). All they did was to take certain energy-saving steps which, according to Nicole O’Connor of EOC, are pretty obvious: