Blog - Rosie on the House

04 May 2012

Here are some tips from my exterminator friends:Expect unwelcome houseguests like spiders and scorpions from March until the end of November. In the winter, they’re content to live outside because the weather is pleasant.Scout around your yard to...

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26 April 2012

You don’t have to spend a fortune on the latest energy-efficient appliances to save energy at home. Here are 12 no-cost, no-hassle ways to conserve energy and cut your electric bill:  Set your water heater at 120 degrees. Besides saving en...

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19 April 2012

Yes! To replace the broken glass in an aluminum frame window, you’ll need a rubber mallet and a Phillips-head screwdriver, or a large flat-head screwdriver or a pry bar.Many homes in Phoenix have “single-hung” aluminum-frame windows, with on...

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13 April 2012

Reoccurring mites can be a big problem and a big headache, so I sympathize with your frustrations. And not to add to your frustrations, but during my research on this problem to make sure I got you the best and most thorough solution, I read that ...

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06 April 2012

Your house guests will never do the white-glove test behind your refrigerator or in your dryer vent—and so you probably rarely clean those places. This year, include those often-ignored spots in your spring cleaning ritual. You’ll have a heal...

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30 March 2012

Opening your northern Arizona cabin for the summer could present a bigger challenge this spring than it has in years past. The unusually large amount of snow that fell in the mountains and surrounding areas caused quite a bit of water damage to hom...

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23 March 2012

Start by adding a mister. A misting system can cool your patio, gazebo or Arizona room by about 30 degrees. The system creates a curtain of cool air around your outdoor living space that keeps everyone comfortable, even on 100-plus-degree days.Use wa...

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15 March 2012

Description: Concrete pavers, or paving stones, are concrete shapes in various colors and textures that interlock to form a patterned surface.Benefits: Because these long-lasting pavers aren’t set in mortar (except around the perimeter of the pati...

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09 March 2012

The latest trend in laundry rooms is convenience. Here’s how to get a laundry room that makes wash day more convenient:Move your laundry room so it’s next to the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Design the laundry room so it blends in with the rest...

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01 March 2012

It’s not a good idea to fill in or permanently cover an old swimming pool. A better solution is to build a temporary deck over your swimming pool so you can remove it if you decide to sell your home later. A pool can add value to your home.Plus, if...

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01 March 2012

It’s not a good idea to fill in or permanently cover an old swimming pool. A better solution is to build a temporary deck over your swimming pool so you can remove it if you decide to sell your home later. A pool can add value to your home. Plus, i...

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24 February 2012

Like people, mold needs food and water to thrive. And there's plenty of both in your home.Food for mold can be the dirt and dust that collects inside your home. Water in the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and even from leaky pipes can help mold gr...

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16 February 2012

Description: Concrete pavers, or paving stones, are concrete shapes in various colors and textures that interlock to form a patterned surface.Benefits: Because these long-lasting pavers aren’t set in mortar (except around the perimeter of the pati...

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09 February 2012

If your home gets water from the city, it’s clean and safe to drink. Still, it’s “hard” water, and frankly, it could taste better.Lots of Arizona homeowners have installed water softeners or filters so the water coming out of the tap looks,...

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02 February 2012

It’s safe to say that homes in Arizona have their own unique charm, but just what exactly makes up an Arizona home? Today neighborhoods throughout Arizona are made up of a mixture of architecture, ranging from ultra-modern and contemporary to tr...

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27 January 2012

Want to help conserve both? Take care with energy-intensive tasks by following these tips.Do full loads when you use clothes washers or dishwashers.Replace showerheads with low-flow models that save up to five gallons of water a minute.Showers use le...

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20 January 2012

If somebody offered you free gas for your car, you’d gratefully accept. So why are you turning down free hot water for your home?Up to 15 percent of your energy bill goes to heat water—but it doesn’t have to. The sun can do it for free.When it...

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12 January 2012

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are poised to replace those familiar incandescent bulbs we’ve been using since electricity became a household necessity.Among their benefits:CFLs use 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.They emit ve...

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06 January 2012

Sign up with your electric utility for a “time of use” rate plan; both APS and SRP offer them. You’ll pay a reduced rate for electricity if you run your pool pump and other appliances—like your dishwasher or washing machine—during hou...

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31 December 2011

If Santa brought you everything on your Christmas list this week, your new year’s resolution might be to find a place to store it all.In surveys of homeowners, most say they don’t have enough storage space at home.You might have more than you t...

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