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Home Renovation Bonanza

All Things Renewable offers items and services that may help you take advantage of the City of Denver’s upcoming Home Renovation Bonanza.  For example, if you are planning on remodeling your basement, you may choose from a wide variety of bamboo, corkoleum, and cork flooring.  Our sustainable flooring is durable, hypoallergenic, comfortable, quiet, warm and has a lifetime wear warranty.

Denver’s Home Renovation Bonanza also covers residential photovoltaic systems.  Otherwise known as solar electric systems, photovoltaics (PV) help you reduce your electricity bills as well as your carbon footprint.  All Things Renewable offers complimentary site assessments to help you decide the best size system for your location and budget.  If you are in Xcel Energy’s territory, you are likely eligible for their rebate as well as the 30% Federal tax credit.  Colorado also offers sales tax exemption for PV system components.  Perhaps you’re looking to replace an old hot water system.  All Things Renewable also offers sales and installation of Solar Thermal systems.

We can help you renovate home exteriors with Spray Stone that is offered in a variety of colors and with beetle kill pine siding.

For more information on these options or on any of our eco-friendly goods and services, call the store at 303.307.1317 or email

Here is a description of the Home Renovation Bonanza:

For a limited time, June 1-15, 2009, Denver is issuing FREE construction permits to homeowners and licensed contractors making qualified home improvements or repairs to existing one and two family dwellings, which can increase the value of the home.

The Home Renovation Bonanza is offered in order to encourage the improvement of existing 1 and 2 family homes, raise property value and encourage homeowners to stay in existing homes.

A variety of home improvements are covered by the Home Renovation Bononza, including:

Basic Interior Remodel of existing 1 or 2 Family Dwelling (existing Kitchen, Bath or Bedroom)

Basement Remodel of existing 1 or 2 Family Dwelling

Residential 1 or 2 Family Roof Covering Repair or Replacement

Wall Insulation

Replacement of water heaters

Change out central heating and air

Residential Photovoltaic Systems

Stucco or siding home exteriors

To qualify for a Free Home Renovation Bonanza permit, the following conditions appy:

Projects in 1 or 2 family dwellings (subject to International Residential Code) only

No new dwellings

No additions, garages or accessory structures

Over-the-counter Quick Permits and/or 1 or 2 family walk-through plan review process only

Permit shall be issued on the day of application

All permitted work shall be finished, inspected and approved within 180 days of permit issue

Any re-inspection fees shall apply

Permits will be issued from Downtown office only (201 W. Colfax Ave)

Questions? Please email ResidentialPermits@DenverGov.Org


Old Car + (re)New(able) Fuel = Great Idea!

Who says you can’t teach an old dog a new trick?  Ok, so it’s a car, not a dog, but you get my drift.  Recently I installed a kit on my 1997 Subaru Outback to convert it to run on E85.  So far, so good.  In fact, I think the ole Subie likes it, as it seems to have a renewed sense of vigor and runs a little smoother and quicker, IMHO.  Perhaps that’s because E85 is 100 octane, as opposed to the 85 octane level of the regular gas it had been running on for years. 

The process is a fairly simple one, and the kit took about 10-15 minutes to install.  Probably better to have someone install it who knows at least a little bit about cars and engines and such, but I probably could have done it myself had there been a shortage of mechanical talent in my house.  Fortunately that’s not an issue!  The kits can be found on the Internet, and I paid about $365.00 for mine.  It will pay for itself eventually, how long will depend upon the price difference between gas and E85 and how long it takes me to drive the required number of miles.

I made this change for several reasons, the primary reason being using a renewable fuel source rather than petroleum-based gas.  Along with that goes the whole ideal of supporting our local economy rather than a foreign economy.  I also hope that supporting the growing (no pun intended) biofuels industry will help it continue to invest in research and come up with the best way to make it.  I’ve heard of biofuel being made from some interesting non-food sources, two of my favorites being algae and used coffee grounds.

Using E85 rather than gas has some positive environmental effects as well.  The following is quoted from

“Because E85 is cleaner than conventional gasoline, it emits less hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrogen. E85 reduces carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 70 percent — and less carbon monoxide helps reduce ozone formation and greenhouse gas levels. According to EPA, gasoline is the largest source of manmade carcinogens. Ethanol reduces overall toxic pollution by diluting harmful compounds found in gasoline such as benzene and other aromatics.”

Overall, this has been a decision I feel good about, and I would definitely recommend making the switch to anyone who is considering it.