Blog - Rosie on the House

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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16 December 2011

If you’re feeling that it’s impossible to get your home ready for holiday houseguests. Good news: You can do it.A tip: Fix yourself a cup of hot cocoa, start a fire in the hearth and get comfortable in your favorite chair. Then make a list—and...

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09 December 2011

If your Christmas tree catches on fire, it can fill yourhome with deadly gases and quickly burn the gifts underneath it—as well as nearby furniture. Don’t make your home one of the 210 that burn every holiday season because of a problem with t...

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09 December 2011

You’ve added bleach, aspirin, soda, syrup or sugar to your Christmas tree’s water to help the evergreen last longer. Did they work?Tree experts say they don’t. It seems like they would: The common blend of 7UP and bleach seems like it would...

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02 December 2011

Any woman knows it’s often quicker and easier to do something herself than to wait for, pay for or pray for someone else to help her out.So more women are becoming do-it-herselfers. If you’re a handywoman—or want to be—consider investing in...

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02 December 2011

Choosing a tool for someone else isn’t as easy as running to the hardware store and picking up the latest thing. I’m awfully particular about my tools. I’m still using the same putty knife I bought 30 years ago. If you buy me a new one, I’...

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23 November 2011

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18 November 2011

Here are 18 ways to build or add on to your kids’ at-home playground in a way that will entice them to move from the couch in front of the TV to the great outdoors where they can exercise and socialize.1. Add the unexpected, like rock walls, rope l...

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10 November 2011

Xeriscaping is water conservation through creative landscaping. It involves combining low-water plants with hard surfaces around your lawn, and encourages water-smart design and maintenance of your property. Here are Xeriscaping’s seven basic pr...

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10 November 2011

Xeriscaping is water conservation through creative landscaping. It involves combining low-water plants with hard surfaces around your lawn, and encourages water-smart design and maintenance of your property.Here are Xeriscaping’s seven basic princi...

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03 November 2011

Do-it-yourselfers and contractors are dressing up concrete patios with acid stains in every color, with overlays that mimic the look of flagstone and other more expensive, natural materials, and with stamps that can be as unique as the homeowner who ...

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28 October 2011

Your half bath is one of the rooms of your home thatevery guest will see, so this small room make s a big impression. Make it pop by adding a few designer touches.Some ideas:“Furnish” the room with a wood vanity and cabinets in a rich finish t...

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20 October 2011

Even if you spend a bundle on outdoor security lighting, there’s no need to overspend when you operate it.Energy-efficient security lights conserve electricity, focus light only on the areas you want to illuminate, and attach to timers or sensors ...

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