Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Salvation Army Work Hand in Hand to Help Oklahomans During the Hot Summer

Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Salvation Army Work Hand in Hand to Help Oklahomans During the Hot Summer

Summer heat can be a huge pain, especially when it comes to paying high electric bills due to running the air conditioner in your home. Although air conditioning provides a huge relief, some people can’t afford the costs associated with running it, and they are stuck trying to survive the sweltering heat on their own. A good alternative is to use a box fan, which consumes less energy and still provides enough air to cool you down.

That is why Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) and the Salvation Army are pairing up to give away free box fans to people in need. The goal is to help people escape the heat, so they do not put their health at risk, in a way that allows them to keep their energy consumption and electric bills low. help people reduce their energy consumption.

Free fans are available at the Oklahoma City Salvation Army, starting at 9:00 every morning. Those who want to receive one will need to undergo a quick application process to be sure they qualify.

The Salvation Army is also providing financial assistance to families who may have a hard time paying their electric bills. According to OG&E, there are a significant number of people who are applying for payment arrangements because they cannot pay their bills in full. Those who want to learn more about financial assistance can visit the Salvation Army for details and an application.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

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Kitchen Countertops: What to Consider

Kitchen Countertops What to Consider

Choosing countertops is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to designing your kitchen. Countertops are integral not only to the functionality of your kitchen, but also to its overall appearance and aesthetic appeal.

There are certain things you should keep in mind when selecting countertops for your kitchen, as there are many materials to choose from. Stone countertops are currently the most popular choice, as they are easy to clean and incredibly durable. Granite is the most popular amongst stone countertops, and it suits both traditional and ultra-modern styles alike. It is available in different colors, patterns, and textures and is scratch and burn resistant, which makes it a very practical choice. Granite countertops can be expensive, but the quality of the material makes it well worth the cost. It also does a lot to increase the value of your home, and you are sure to recoup your monetary investment should you ever decide to sell your home.

Another, less common, material you can use for countertops is wood.  Wood offers a great look and adds lots of character to a kitchen. Oak, maple, cherry, red beech, walnut, and mahogany are all hardwoods that are well-suited to countertops. The downside to wood countertops is that they are less durable and  highly susceptible to scratching and cutting. They aren’t heat resistant either, so hot pans will easily burn wooden countertops and leave marks. They also require more maintenance than stone countertops and must be periodically oiled with tung oil to protect them from stains.

Your budget will obviously play an important role in determining which countertops to use as well. There is a large range of price points, however, so you are guaranteed to find something that will fit within your means. If you are looking for something top of the line, consider granite worktops. However, if you are working with a smaller budget, it may be smarter to opt for laminate countertops, as they are significantly less expensive. They have many colors and patterns to choose from as well and are very easy to clean and maintain.

Ultimately, your kitchen must be efficient, clean, and functional, so make your choices based upon what is best for your family and how you use your kitchen on a daily basis.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Plans Community Garden in New Center of Hope

Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Plans Community Garden in New Center of Hope

The Salvation Army is a non-profit organization that provides support and services to families and individuals in need. The services they offer include senior programs, spiritual care, night shelters, disaster response, and feeding the hungry.

To further support their cause of providing better resources to those in need and generating more food resources for their programs, the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma is setting up a community garden, where various organizations and groups can adopt a garden plot to maintain. The community garden will include fruit and nut trees as well as vegetation. If expanded, the garden will also ultimately include the management of beehives. Construction is set to begin today, and about 20 garden plots will be built.

The Salvation Army will move to the Center of Hope in September. Organizations or groups adopting a garden plot will be in charge of watering and weeding, as well as collecting the produce. Produce will be used at the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Kitchen and the Client Choice Pantry.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Tidy Up Your Home

Tidy Up Your Home

We all have times when our houses reach a point where they are dirtier than they should be. A home should be a place of rest and comfort, but sometimes things get out of control, and you end up with a lot of messy, disorganized, dirty things that no longer work. Another indication that your home is in need of some help is when you avoid having visitors because you’re ashamed of the state it is in.

It happens to all of us, so here are some tips on how to get things back in line:

  1. Tidy all clutter. Take a deep breath and a trash bag into each room. Get rid of anything that is no longer of use to you. If there are items that you don’t need, but they are still in good condition, put them in a box for donation. One of the most daunting things to tackle is piles. Piles of  papers, piles of clothes, piles of toys…  For papers, file important financial and legal documents and recycling the rest.  Clothes should be grouped and handled accordingly: if they’re dirty, wash them; if they’re clean, fold and put them away; if they can be donated, take them to a drop off location right away. Throw away any toys that are broken, donate items your kids no longer use, and organize the rest.
  2. Get down to serious cleaning. Now that you’re done with all the clutter, it’s time to get down to some serious cleaning. Sweep all dust and dirt from the floors and then mop. The kitchen and bathroom require extra cleaning to ensure they are cleared of bacteria. If you have kids, involve them in the process and give them some of the easier tasks like cleaning baseboards and windowsills and vacuuming. Depending on how dirty things are, you may need to hire a professional to help with cleaning carpets and upholstery.
  3. Repair anything that needs fixing. Fix anything that’s broken. However, if something is already beyond repair, then it’s time to throw it out. Check for broken glass panels, leaks in the ceiling, and problem with plumbing.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

How to Maintain Your Garage Doors

How to Maintain Your Garage Doors

Garages are great for protecting your cars and serving as extra storage space for lawn equipment and tools. Because they are used to frequently, however, garage doors receive a lot of wear and tear.  In order to properly maintain your garage doors, so they serve you well for year to come, follow these general guidelines:

  1. Regularly clean the garage door.

When cleaning your garage door, use a mild detergent and a soft brush to remove any dirt. Avoid corrosive chemicals, as they may prevent the door from working properly afterward. While cleaning the garage door, inspect it for any damage that should be repaired. This cleaning routine applies to all kinds of garage doors, regardless of their materials or operating procedures.

  1. Repaint on a regular basis.

Repainting your garage door inside and out will significantly reduce the chance of moisture seeping into it, would could damage the appearance, as well as its ability to open and close properly.

  1. Lubricate the moving parts.

The moving parts of the garage door are the springs, chains, hinges, and rollers. At least once a year, lubricate these moving parts with a spray lubricant or oil to work smoothly and properly.

  1. Tighten any necessary parts.

For an electric garage door, inspect it thoroughly to determine if screws, nuts, or bolts have come loose over time, so they can be tightened. Any loose parts of a garage door can reduce its functionality and may also lead to further damage.

  1. Regularly clean and lubricate garage door tracks.

When cleaning garage door tracks, use a clean cloth with a non-corrosive cleaner and wipe them thoroughly, including the exposed parts of the rollers. Aside from lubricating the moving parts of the garage door, you also need to lubricate the garage door tracks in order for the rollers to glide smoothly. You can use a garage door lubricant or powdered graphite.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

Benefits of Vinyl Fences

Benefits of Vinyl Fences

When it comes to fencing materials, there are many, many options to choose from. Long are the days when wire or wood fencing were the only things available. Now, there are a plethora of other choices, which makes fencing something that can be used not only for privacy, but also as a landscaping design element as well.

Vinyl fences, for example, are manufactured using PVC, which is a flexible product.  They have become an established product in the fencing market because of their distinct features and high quality. Here are several reasons why vinyl fences are better than other types of fences:

  1. Durability.  Vinyl fences do not need to be protected from termites and weather damage. They do not split, crack, or splinter  Vinyl is much stronger than wood, so they also add value to your home.
  2. Easy to maintain. If your vinyl fence becomes dirty, all you need to do is spray wash it with a hose. You don’t have to purchase paints and stains to refinish the fence and keep it looking new. Although vinyl fences can discolor over time due to harsh weather elements, the mineral discoloration can simply be removed by bleaching and rinsing every now and then.
  3. Safe for the environment. Some fences use toxic chemicals during their manufacturing and painting processes that can be passed onto the environment due to rain and wind. However, vinyl fences are made from high grade PVC that does not involve toxic chemicals.. You don’t have to worry about airborne or ground-borne toxic materials.
  4. Come with UV inhibitors and impact modifiers. High quality vinyl fences can withstand harsh weather and last longer. The thickness of the fence plays a vital role in determining durability. The greater the thickness, the higher its quality.
  5. Available in several designs. This allows you to select a style and design that will be the perfect match for your home and property. Vinyl fences are also available in different colors, which are digitally integrated into the material during the extrusion process.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

NAMI 12th Annual Support Walk in Oklahoma to be Held at Myriad Gardens

NAMI 12th Annual Support Walk in Oklahoma to be Held at Myriad Gardens

This Saturday, enjoy a fun walk-for-a-cause event at the Myriad Gardens for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Oklahoma will host its 12th Annual Support Walk in Oklahoma to offer support to people with mental illnesses and their families.

NAMI is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping people with mental illnesses and their families find hope in their lives. The organization advocates for providing better services and facilities as well as raising awareness in the greater community. Through various activities and seasonal programs, NAMI Oklahoma is continually building awareness of mental illnesses in the state.

The NAMI Walk is held each year in different states as a fundraising event throughout the country. The walk offers fun social activities while raising awareness and financial support for the cause. It continues to be the largest and most successful mental health awareness event in the United States.

The 12th Annual Support Walk in Oklahoma will be this Saturday, June 7, starting at the Grand Lawn of the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City. The event will start at 9:30 a.m. with check-in starting at 8:15 a.m. After the walk, there will a health and wellness fair at 10:15a.m. and wellness demos at 10:30 a.m. Food trucks will also be at the event.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate