How To Ready Your Utility Bill Print

7:00AM - The Weekend Wake Up

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Segment 1 (running time 12:17)

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  • Arizona football weekend preview.
  • CONSUMER WARNING FOR DEBIT CARD USERS!

*Remember, we'll have Ken Colburn from Data Doctors stopping by for tips soon!

  • The pace of remodeling is exploding across the US right now. We discuss recent calls we're taking about homeowners who've hired the wrong contractor.
  • Fall is here!!! Check out the "LEAFometer" on the city of Flagstaff's website.

Segment 2 (running time 7:02)

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  • It's Prime Time for Farmer's Markets in Arizona!
  • Rosie & Jennifer talk about their oldest daughter, Rachel and how her travels have brought them all over the world finding unique markets.
  • The Uptown Market AZ is opening up next weekend in Phoenix!
  • It's also rodeo season in Arizona and we talk about some of the events Romey's family is participating in.

Segment 3 (running time 13:33)

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Jennifer chats with John Slattery, author of "Southwest Foraging: 117 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Barrel Cactus to Wild Oregano"117 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Barrel Cactus to Wild Oregano"

  • Jennifer loves the Edible Baja Magazine!
  • John's personal story & how he ended up in Tucson, owning the Desert Tortoise Botanicals.
  • What you can learn in his book; edible plants with a focus on the Southwest.
  • Methods to processing prickly pear without getting beat up by all those stickers.
  • Health benefits of prickly pear juice.
  • Mesquite beans; the health benefits and recipes.
  • Find out more about John and his upcoming events on his website. Click here!

Segment 4 (running time 7:23)

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  • If you're looking for fun fall activities, here's KTAR's Fall Fun map.
  • A few fall pumpkin patch events listener's can attend.
  • A fan of the show recommended visiting the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale, Arizona.

Sign up for the Sanderson Ford Arizona Staycation here!!!

*Thanks to great partners like the Copper Queen Hotel & Cerreta Candy Company for making our winners' trips a great adventure!

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Notes from the Nursery with Jay Harper

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Segment 1 (running time 11:38)

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Julie Murphee with the Arizona Farm Bureau is here!!!

  • Remember to check out the Fill Your Plate website to find local farmer's markets, recipes and all kinds of great ag information.
  • Discussing the process of harvesting cotton.
  • Did you know the cotton industry in AZ is a $500 million industry!?
  • Other fall activities put on by the farm industry.
  • More about the "Fill  Your Plate" website. Click the link above for more.
  • Romey reminds you that you can attend classes at The Magic Garden in Tucson!

Segment 2 (running time 6:51)

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  • More facts about growing cotton in Arizona, compared to other states across the US.
  • Did you know you they make insulation out of old blue jean material?! It's made right here in AZ by Bonded Logic!
  • Some of the fun facts about the cotton & agricuture industry in Arizona.

Segment 3 (running time 13:10)

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  • Fall festivals put on the the Arizona Farm Bureau. It will be available soon, so click site link in the last segment.
  • The different missions between the Department of Agriculture & The Arizona Farm Bureau.
  • Pima Cotton....what it is and why it's such a big deal in Arizona.
  • It's almost time to transition your lawn, so Romey talks about prepping for it. Plus, why we're reversing our advice on scalping your lawns before winter.
  • Setting the record straight on "Sioux Pima Cotton" & more about The Arizona Cotton Growers Association.

Segment 4 (running time 6:35)

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  • How & why you should support the Arizona Farm Bureau and it's mission. 
  • Could it be a place for you to find love!? Yup!
  • Arizona had 130,000 acres of cotton planted this year.
  • We discuss the circle of live that cotton has throughout our lives.

Thanks to Julie for joining us today! Learn more about the Arizona Farm Bureau and check out the Fill Your Plate site!

9:00AM - Open Lines

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Segment 1 (running time 12:17)

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We're here with Steve Koepp from Advanced Home Systems talking about saving big $$$ on your utility bills! Learn how to decipher all those charges.

Letters From a Listener's:  Rosie reads a few testimonial from listener's who have tried it out and saved big $$$

  • We're not enemies with the utility companies, but if we can save, why not?
  • Listing off all the charges...do you know what they are for? Even Steve doesn't!
  • "Time of Use" Plans versus standard rates.
  • How to determine your kilowatt rate charges depending on who your provider is.
  • Using energy on versus off peak times if you're using a "Time of Use Plan"

Segment 2 (running time 6:23)

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  • How Rosie moved his power consumption to "off Peak" times and started saving.
  • Discussing "Peak Demand."  The arguments against it and why we're for it.

Caller:

  • Ryan - He just started "Super Cooling" and loves it. He has old single pane windows and was shocked at his savings. He's on a Noon-7 plan, so his AC kicks on at 7:02 and then the dishwasher and dryer start up too. Should he spread out all those appliances being turned on?

Recommendation - It's no problem! Go for it as long as it's after 7PM.

Segment 3 (running time 13:27)

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Romey welcomes new Tucson partner, California Closets!

  • Continuing with Ryan - He's heard about a "Filter" being put on your meter and it'll guarantee big savings. Have we heard of this?

Recommendation - We're not sure, but there are a lot of companies that come through Arizona and most are not a good idea. We'll research his product and get back to him.

Callers:

  • Mel - He has solar and is on his noon to 7 plan and he produces more electricity than he uses, so he's only using off-peak time charges and his delivery charge is more than his useage. Is that normal?

Recommendation - That could be accurate. The delivery charges are for the power lines, etc. We need to investigate further. We'll need more information to be totally accurate.

*We discuss the marriage between the solar industry, their recent changes and how you can save money.

  • Greg - He describes his utility bill. How will he determine if "Super Cooling" is a viable option for him?

Recommendation - Steve walks through his useage and it might be in the correct rate plan because of his current use.

  • Gary - He's had an energy management system from Advanced Home Systems and he loves it!! He bought it several years ago and swears he's not a relative. Does he need periodic maintenance on it?

Recommendation - They recommend doing it every 5 years. It doesn't effect the warranties and some haven't had maintenance in 30 years! We also discuss a fun story about a Father saving for his son's college with his savings.

Segment 4 (running time 5:53)

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Caller:

  • Charlie - Does his computer system work with 2 air conditioners on his home?

Recommendation - Yes! No problem and after discussing his bill, it sounds like he's doing really well keeping his bills low.

*We talk about who should NOT be using the Energy Management System or Super Cooling.

Thanks to Steve from Advanced Home Systems for joining us today!

10:00AM - Housing Topic

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Segment 1 (running time 12:42)

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Sticking with saving money,  we talk with Tom Boehner, owner Solar Safe Pool Covers!

  • What is a "Solar Safe Pool Cover?"
  • How is helps with safety, keeps your pool temps warmer when it gets cooler and the energy savings you will see.
  • Check out Tom's experiement video. He spent the last year testing his system and his savings.
  • Tom talks pricing and it makes us wonder why it's not installed when the pool is built.

Segment 2 (running time 5:43)

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  • Working with Time of Day energy plans and it's effects on your bill.
  • Who and how you can reach Tom in Arizona.
  • Tom offers a special to listener's. Take advantage now!!!
  • Benefits besides the money savings and we talk through them.

If Tom's pool cover sounds perfect for you, call him at Solar Safe Pool Covers!

Segment 3 (running time 13:43)

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  • Discussing what we're hearing at the office. Bring Mom back home is still huge.
  • Mother-In-Law Units, pricing and options we love after our show on the topic a few weeks ago.

Caller:

  • Matt - AC techs keep telling him to use a basic fiberglass filter, not the pleated paper filters. He's getting a lot of dust in his home and wants to know which one and why?

Recommendation - It's about a 50/50 split on preference.  Rosie talks about why.  Some techs think the paper pleated filters starve the system too much and that's why they like the fiberglass. To keep dust out, we think the paper filters work much better.

*Rosie talks about duct cleaning as part of Matt's question and why/when it's a good idea.

  • Previewing next weekends show and a new issue in water treatment.

Text From a Listener:

  • Dan for Tom - How do they control the pool from "super heating" the water in the summer?

Recommendation - With the type of pool cover Tom makes, it actually blocks the suns rays unlike the traditional blue bubble covers.  Tom talks the listener how it works.

Segment 4 (running time 6:36)

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  • Talking about the SAHBA Homeshow next weekend.
  • Romey talks about his kids and the upcoming rodeo season.
  • It's a big weekend for football at the Romero household and they share some fun family stories.

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