Saddle up! The 94th Annual Rowell Ranch Pro Rodeo is this weekend (Sat & Sun starting at 1:30)! And don’t miss the Rockin’ Bull Bash tomorrow night. The show starts at 7:30 and gates open at 6:00. We’ll see you there!
Mark your calendars for the Rotary Club of Castro Valley’s Annual Chili Cook-Off next Friday! Food, live music, beer and games (for kids and adults) will make for one great evening at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Park on May 9th! Festivities begin at 5:00pm.
Get all the details here: http://cvchilicookoff.com/
Who is ready for some Bull Riding? WE ARE! Mark your calendars for the Rockin’ Bull Bash May 16th at 6:00pm, and don’t miss the Pro Rodeo May 17th and 18th!
It’s all fun and good to daydream. Indeed, visualization is a key part of the creative germination process. But at some point, you must take action. Otherwise, you may forever be stuck with a dishwasher from 1954, a galley kitchen with practically zero room to prep food, and an old stove from the previous owner that you fear may spontaneously explode at any moment.
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Green Kitchen Remodeling
- Avoid products that give off VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs are released from paint and various other products commonly used for Castro Valley kitchen remodeling such as drawers and cabinets. They tend to reduce the air quality in your home and could possibly cause a number of health problems. Fortunately, there are various paints and other products that use ingredients which are specifically designed to give off little or no VOCs.
- Instead of using traditional cabinets manufactured from medium density fiberboard, consider cabinets manufactured from bamboo or wheatboard. Bamboo is a highly sustainable source of wood which grows extremely fast compared to other types of wood commonly used in Bay Area general construction. Wheatboard cabinets are another great sustainable option manufactured from wheat chaff and other farm waste products. Bamboo and wheatboard cabinets are typically assembled with glues and finishes that give off little or no VOCs.
- If you’re going to replace household appliances such as the refrigerator or the dishwasher, look for appliances that are labeled with the Energy Star logo. This indicates that they meet federal standards for energy efficient appliances. Replacing your appliances with energy-efficient models can provide a substantial amount of money saved on your energy costs. A modern energy-efficient refrigerator could save you over $100 per year, while a dishwasher designed for energy-efficiency can save as much as $50 per year. When choosing a refrigerator or dishwasher, look for refrigerators which have the freezer on top and dishwashers which offer energy-saving cycles, as these will be more energy-efficient than other models.
- Lighting is another area where you can explore energy-saving alternatives. Fluorescents are very long-lasting and even a low-wattage fluorescent bulb will put out the same amount of light as a comparable standard light bulb. Fluorescents don’t necessarily have to be harsh white glaring tubes – they can be produced in a variety of different shades to accommodate your lighting needs and taste. LEDs are another excellent option for lighting your kitchen – they give off a good deal of light but use only a small amount of electricity and will last for years.
- Green flooring is also a great option for kitchen remodeling – choose between cork, concrete or linoleum. Cork is produced from the bark of trees, allowing it to be sustainably harvested for use as a flooring material. It is comfortable underfoot, waterproof, and the surface texture makes it excellent as a slip-resistant flooring material. Linoleum is an all-natural flooring material manufactured from linseed oil and various wood products to provide a sturdy long-lasting floor covering that is resistant to water. Concrete is another great choice for kitchen flooring since it can be colored or patterned just about any way you like, plus the surface can be textured to make it slip-resistant.