3 green goals for your house

3 green goals for your house

January 18, 2022

Goals motivate us. Consider implementing these three to make eco-smart decisions around the house. 1. Have an energy audit. This is a professional assessment of your home’s energy usage, often conducted by utility companies at little or no charge. It shows where the most energy is used and where it’s wasted. Use this information to …

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Celebrate the green way

Celebrate the green way

December 15, 2021

The holidays are a time for lighthearted fun. With the exception of decorating with festive green pine trees and boughs, though, you may not think of celebrating in ways that are green for the sake of the environment. The good news is that you can enjoy eco-friendly holidays — without sacrificing the spirit of the …

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Green your holidays

Green your holidays

November 23, 2021

Holidays are a celebratory time; it’s hard to deny ourselves of practices that put us in a festive mood. But if we’re serious about saving our planet, we should reevaluate some traditions in favor of greener solutions. Celebrate a more eco-friendly holiday with these tips: Cut back on holiday lighting. Consider using fewer lights overall. …

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Scam prevention tips for holiday shopping

Scam prevention tips for holiday shopping

November 23, 2021

It’s that time of year again. After a year-and-a-half of lockdowns and quarantining, it’s expected to be a record year for online holiday sales. But shoppers aren’t the only ones gearing up for the shopping blitz; sadly the fraudsters and scammers will be out in full force, too. While your attention is turned to buying …

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Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric & Electric Vehicle Loans

Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Electric & Electric Vehicle Loans

October 20, 2021

More than 260 million vehicles consume millions of barrels of petroleum every day in the United States. On-road passenger travel alone accounts for more than 2.6 trillion vehicle miles traveled each year. Vehicle emissions can be divided into two general categories: air pollutants, which contribute to smog, haze, and health problems; and greenhouse gases (GHGs), …

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Going Green in the Workplace

Going Green in the Workplace

October 20, 2021

Workplaces can do their part in being kind to the environment. Some practices a business can easily adopt to make a positive environmental impact include: Avoid single-use items like paper plates and paper towels. If you must use them, compost them. Be vigilant about energy and water use. Turn off unnecessary lights and equipment. Use …

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Go Green with These Fuel Economy Tips

Go Green with These Fuel Economy Tips

August 18, 2021

It’s a simple fact: Raising your vehicle’s fuel economy is good for the environment. Using and burning less gas means less fossil fuel consumed, and less resulting air pollution. Some simple tips for improving fuel economy include: Keep it moving. An idling engine uses more fuel than it takes to restart it and emits 80% …

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Composting at Home

Composting at Home

July 19, 2021

Compost is the byproduct of food scraps and plant wastes as they decompose. Food and plants are organic materials that comprise upwards of 30 percent of what is discarded. Rather than taking up space in the landfill and releasing methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas, these waste items can be turned into compost to enrich soil …

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Electronic Waste Recycling

Electronic Waste Recycling

May 12, 2021

Trash generated from broken, obsolete, and surplus electronic devices is defined as hazardous electronic waste, or e-waste. It’s important to never throw e-waste into the trash; these materials are especially important to recycle. Here’s why: They have a short useful life. Because of this, there are a lot of electronics piling up in landfills. When …

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A Starting Point for Renewable Energy for Your Home

A Starting Point for Renewable Energy for Your Home

April 20, 2021

Are you ready for clean, renewable, affordable energy? If you’re investigating solutions toward sustainability, it’s logical to consider the most popular, widely used and readily implementable first. The renewable energy solutions for home that fit all these criteria are solar, wind and hydro power. Solar – Panels installed on the home convert sun into energy. …

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Make Every Day Earth Day!

Make Every Day Earth Day!

April 20, 2021

Did you know you can help local environmental causes with the Alpine Bank ENVIRONMENT Loyalty Debit Card? With every transaction you make with this special debit card, we gift 10 cents on your behalf. Over the years, Alpine Bank has granted these funds to nonprofits that preserve land, protect water, recycle and renew resources, increase …

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Go Green with Your Spring Clean

Go Green with Your Spring Clean

March 23, 2021

Ready to spring clean in an eco-friendly way? The solution is as close as your kitchen in the form of vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice. These three natural ingredients can tackle most common cleaning jobs without negatively impacting our air and water like the harmful toxins and chemicals found in many household cleaners. White …

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Make a Point to Go Paperless

Make a Point to Go Paperless

February 8, 2021

Going paperless helps our planet. Trees are needed to make paper, but they also absorb carbon dioxide, which helps to slow climate change. Also, paper production releases toxins which contribute to acid rain and greenhouse gases. Reducing the amount of paper consumed should be a priority for the sake of Mother Earth. Some suggestions on …

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Ready, Set, Go Green in 2021!

Ready, Set, Go Green in 2021!

January 19, 2021

A new calendar year is an opportune time to start new eco-friendly habits. Let’s resolve to go greener in 2021! Be a more responsible resident of the planet as you kick off the new year: subscribe to paperless billing and statements switch to online newspapers and magazines pay bills online ditch the plastic water bottles …

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Dress to Impress the Planet

Dress to Impress the Planet

December 15, 2020

Many people give plenty of attention to their clothes, yet precious little to what goes into fashion. Consider the natural resources consumed in the growing, production and distribution of textiles. Fortunately for the environment, in recent years there has been a surge in green fashion – clothing made from sustainable materials in environmentally friendly ways. …

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Worn but Not Worn Out

Worn but Not Worn Out

November 23, 2020

T-shirts – you have them everywhere! You wear your favorites frequently, but what about the rest? You’ve got a pile of them that have been outgrown, a bag of them that seem to have multiplied in your closet, a box of “special” ones that are more like souvenirs and a drawer of ones that are …

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Supporting Students & Reusing a Resource

Supporting Students & Reusing a Resource

November 5, 2020

As COVID-19 required widespread school closures and distance learning for Colorado students in 2020, a digital divide became a chasm. An estimated 54,000 young people across the state lacked an appropriate device or internet access to participate in online learning. In response to this critical need for computers to enable student learning, Alpine Bank joined …

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Cultivating Community through Sustainable Agriculture

Cultivating Community through Sustainable Agriculture

November 5, 2020

Alpine Bank Boulder employees love working in their “green” LEED Gold-certified building. They also welcome the chance to get outside and get their hands dirty volunteering at Growing Gardens whenever they can. Growing Gardens is a remarkable nonprofit organization that has brought sustainable agriculture education and food donations to over 136,000 Boulder County residents over …

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The Grand Junction Tower Uses Less Power

The Grand Junction Tower Uses Less Power

November 5, 2020

One of the guiding principles of Alpine Bank’s Green Team is a commitment to continuous improvement of the bank’s environmental practices. This commitment lives large in the Tower, Alpine’s flagship building, which dominates the downtown Grand Junction skyline. As part of maintaining its certification to the globally recognized ISO 14001 standard for environmental management, Alpine …

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When Investing in a Greener Earth

When Investing in a Greener Earth

September 16, 2020

Donating your hard-earned “green” to help make the world greener is a noble action. When you give your dollars to a charity, you want to make certain that they go as far as possible to benefit the cause you support. Charity Navigator can be a helpful information source. According to their website, CharityNavigator.org can guide …

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Be a Natural Beauty

Be a Natural Beauty

August 13, 2020

For some of us living green means avoiding ingredients that can endanger our health. For others living green can mean avoiding ingredients that contain animal products or that have been tested on animals. That’s why making your own beauty products (many of which, when manufactured commercially, are far from green) is such a great idea. …

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From Used to New

From Used to New

July 16, 2020

When you look into your closets, drawers, attic, garage or storage unit do you see random “stuff” you don’t want or need any more? What to do with it? Give it to a friend or relative? Donate to charity? Try to sell it? All are good options, but there’s an alternative you may not have …

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Water, Water – It’s NOT Everywhere

Water, Water – It’s NOT Everywhere

June 18, 2020

One of Earth’s most precious resources is water, so to waste it is a shame. We do, however, often take its availability and convenience for granted. Becoming more mindful of our usage and waste of H2O can help assure that we’ll always have the water we so desperately need in our daily lives. Awareness of …

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Buying Used Versus New

Buying Used Versus New

May 15, 2020

People tend to buy new items before the things they already have are broken or unusable. That means that they replace many items that still have lots of life left. Manufacturing new vehicles, clothing, building supplies, furniture, appliances and other household items when we already have ones that are still perfectly serviceable wastes valuable natural …

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Grow Green This Summer

Grow Green This Summer

April 17, 2020

Believe it or not, spring is on the way! Soon, you’ll be digging your hands in the soil, planting and nurturing your plants and seedlings. How can you ensure your little piece of nature is growing in harmony with the environment? Go green in your garden with organic fertilizers and pesticides. Consider making compost from …

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Spring Clean Green!

Spring Clean Green!

March 23, 2020

Make cleansers, disinfectants and air fresheners at home from natural ingredients that are both eco-friendly and budget friendly. Here are recipes for some common household cleansers for spring cleaning your environment without harming Mother Earth’s. All-Purpose Cleaner Mix: 1/2 cup vinegar 1/4 cup baking soda 1/2 gallon water Window Cleaner Mix: 2 teaspoons white vinegar …

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Eat Well for the Planet

Eat Well for the Planet

February 20, 2020

Food waste has serious impacts on the environment, including needless depletion of natural resources and production of greenhouse gasses as it decays. In the U.S., 40% of food gets discarded yearly, which amounts to 1,160 pounds by a family of four. To do your part to lessen food waste: Plan meals in advance. You’ll know …

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LEED Means Green

LEED Means Green

January 22, 2020

Green building encompasses using fewer resources, a reduction in energy and waste, and fewer environmental impacts. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building rating system that is the most widely used around the world. LEED was established in 1994 and operates under the nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders known …

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Green Tip – What’s New in Solar Energy

Green Tip – What’s New in Solar Energy

December 16, 2019

With the federal tax credit for installing solar panels decreasing at the end of 2019, many homeowners are trying to figure out if installing a solar power system for a home is worth it. Here are the top three items to consider:  Find a solar power system cost calculator online that can compare the expense …

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Green Tip – What if Colorado residents could reduce the cost of watering outdoor plants?

Green Tip – What if Colorado residents could reduce the cost of watering outdoor plants?

November 22, 2019

Depending on the average annual rainfall where you live, rainwater collecting for use around the home may be very beneficial. Let’s cover some of the benefits: Collecting rain is an alternative source of water and is a centuries-old practice  Reduction in carbon footprint and is environmentally friendly Cost savings realized Conservation of water The DIY …

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Energy-efficient Windows

Energy-efficient Windows

October 10, 2019

A home’s windows serve many purposes, and one of the most important is the energy-efficiency they offer. Heating and cooling costs can go right out the window when you’re not paying attention. While replacing windows may offer the biggest improvement in efficiency, it’s not always feasible due to the high cost involved. Here are two …

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Reusing Building Materials

Reusing Building Materials

September 16, 2019

Giving building materials a second life not only helps the environment, but also can significantly cut down on costs. During demolition, a variety of materials can be salvaged and re-purposed. Some building materials that can easily be reused include (but are not limited to): Light fixtures Thermal insulation Timber Doors Windows Stairs Kitchen cabinets Plumbing …

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Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

Green Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

August 15, 2019

Each type of kitchen countertop has its pluses and minuses; when looking for eco-friendly countertops, there are a wide variety of options and prices. What makes a countertop “green”? Green kitchen countertops are made through an environmentally friendly manufacturing process, use recycled or sustainable resources, and may be produced locally which reduces transportation. A countertop …

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Eco-friendly Flooring Guide

Eco-friendly Flooring Guide

July 16, 2019

Eco-friendly flooring options are affordable, stylish and durable. Here are the top six factors to consider when selecting eco-friendly flooring: Indoor pollution Maintenance Life cycle Distance to transport material to location it is being installed Is it renewable? Is it recyclable? How did harvesting the material affect the environment? Cork, bamboo, hardwood, natural stone and …

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Made in the Shade

Made in the Shade

June 17, 2019

Summer is here, and you may be thinking about ways to improve your yard or block out some of the light in your home on hot summer days. Here are two quick tips for shading your house from the sun: 1) Window Treatments: Placing shades, curtains or insulated films on windows all aid in reducing …

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Simple Ways to Profit from Spring Cleaning

Simple Ways to Profit from Spring Cleaning

May 21, 2019

With the weather finally beginning to warm up in many parts of the country, people are shifting into spring-cleaning mode. Before you roll up your sleeves and start tossing things, however, think about doing your spring cleaning in a way that can help generate some cash.             Following are a few ways to turn your …

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Insulation Is Key to Conserving Energy

Insulation Is Key to Conserving Energy

May 21, 2019

Whether building new or remodeling a home, insulation should be at the top of the list. Proper insulation is the key to an energy-efficient home that stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Reducing energy bills goes hand in hand with installing or upgrading insulation, and while there may be an up …

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Go Green at Home

Go Green at Home

April 24, 2019

Recycling around the home goes far beyond the weekly recycling bin pick up. There are many ways to “go green” and do even more earth-friendly practices around your home outside of the normal plastic, aluminum and glass recycling. Let’s look at a few different ways to reuse, recycle, repurpose and upcycle around the home. Books- …

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Latest Developments in Electric Vehicles

Latest Developments in Electric Vehicles

March 18, 2019

Manufacturers are introducing more and more electric vehicles (EV) to the market today. As electric vehicles continue to evolve, they are offering longer driving distances before charges, quicker acceleration, and more technological and performance improvements. Among the most noteworthy developments for EV’s is the declining price of lithium-ion batteries. Initially, these batteries composed nearly half …

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Calculate your Carbon Footprint

Calculate your Carbon Footprint

February 20, 2019

A carbon footprint is based on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that a person contributes to the environment each year. This is calculated from how many miles you drive on an annual basis to your electricity usage and various other factors. There are a wide variety of websites that offer useful emission calculators to …

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Home Electronics: The Energy Vampires

Home Electronics: The Energy Vampires

January 16, 2019

Did you know that an estimated 10 to 15 percent of all electricity used in the home is typically consumed by electronic devices? Thus, computers, televisions and other electronics are termed ‘vampires’ as they suck energy while they are plugged in, even when not in use. Home electronics seem to keep multiplying in this day …

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Green Cleaning

Green Cleaning

December 6, 2018

The basic idea for being green when you clean is to be environmentally friendly and have less of an effect on human health than with traditional cleaning products. Using green-cleaning products and natural cleaners offer a safe and non-toxic way to clean your home. From cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms, windows and more, green cleaning uses …

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Energy Saving Tips: Water Heaters

Energy Saving Tips: Water Heaters

November 19, 2018

Energy-efficient water heaters save not only energy, they save money too. There are different types water heaters, ranging from tankless/on-demand water heaters to conventional ones that encompass an insulated storage tank. Even solar-powered models are available. Here are four quick tips for saving energy with your home’s water heater: Evaluate the best fuel type and …

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Save Energy in Your Kitchen

Save Energy in Your Kitchen

October 5, 2018

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. It also uses the most energy in the home. From large to small kitchen appliances, they all take energy to run. Let’s look at a few simple ways to save energy in the kitchen: Refrigerator/Freezer: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average refrigerator costs …

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Lower Your Utility Bills

Lower Your Utility Bills

September 19, 2018

Here are the top five tips for lowering your heating and cooling bills: 1. By just having a programmable thermostat (not necessarily a smart one), you can get significant annual cost savings. 2. Adjust the thermostat up or down, depending on the season, when you aren’t at home. 3. Try raising or lowering the temperature …

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Green Tip: Energy-efficient Appliances

Green Tip: Energy-efficient Appliances

August 16, 2018

Are you looking for a way to save on your monthly energy bill? Look no further than your appliances! Because new, energy-efficient appliances use less energy than older appliances, they can save you hundreds of dollars each year on electricity bills. Reports show that Energy Star® appliances on average save 30% on electricity costs. Here …

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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips

July 20, 2018

Only wash full loads of laundry. For front-load washers, a whole load is when the drum is 75-percent full of clothes.  Use cold water instead of hot or warm water. ENERGY STAR estimates that heating water uses 90 percent of the energy used when doing a load of laundry.  Remove lint from the dryer lint …

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Three Green Gardening Tips

Three Green Gardening Tips

June 22, 2018

1. Smart Watering–There are a variety of ways to save water in the garden. One of the top ways is to water plants in the morning so that less water will be lost to evaporation. Another way is to put down compost and mulch so that more water will be retained. 2. Composting–A compost bin …

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6 Eco-Friendly Tips for Reducing Water Use in the Bathroom

6 Eco-Friendly Tips for Reducing Water Use in the Bathroom

May 22, 2018

Use a low-flow showerhead. This simple DIY project can significantly reduce water usage, sometimes even up to 70 percent. Install a tap aerator. This device is inexpensive and can greatly reduce the flow of water yet still maintain (or improve) the water pressure. Ensure that there aren’t any leaks in the bathroom. Dripping faucets and …

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Green Tip:  Shred and Recycle

Green Tip:  Shred and Recycle

May 1, 2018

Shred any unwanted documents with personal information & recycle: Tax documents (7 years or older) Old Bank Statements Old Medical Records Canceled or Blank Checks Credit Card Statements Personal Bills Alpine Bank is hosting free community shred days in 14 locations across Colorado during 2018. Additional information: Staples & paperclips do not need to be …

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