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7:00AM - The Weekend Wake Up

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Segment 1 (running time 12:19)

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Rosie is broadcasting from the SAHBA Home & Patio Show in  Tucson!

  • Some of Rosie's favorite finds from the International Builders Show.

Dr. Green from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory joins the show to talk about what they do and their current projects.

  • The purpose and function of the laboratory.
  • The Lab and it's history
  • The future projects and goals they're working towards.
  • "Project A.M.I.E." and it's goals.

Segment 2 (running time 7:29)

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More with Dr. Green about "Project A.M.I.E.":

  • Their goals & how they try to make America more prosperous and efficient.
  • Partnering with builders to create the pod Rosie saw.
  • A builders perspective on how much waste is eliminated.
  • Living in the pod....and all the elements that are included.

Segment 3 (running time 13:15)

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  • Project A.M.I.E. (Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy)

The vehicle project, P.U.V. (Printed Utility Vehicle)

  • Materials & the engine used.
  • Charging the car through alternative methods.
  • The homes "brain" decides where to get power from. Solar, car, the grid etc.
  • Seating in the car and top speed in the concept car.
  • Printing a Shelby Cobra Car.....A fully functional car!
  • How 3-D printing will affect everyday life for all of us.
  • Projects for the future. Solar neighborhoods.

More about Project A.M.I.E.

  • How the concept started in a coffee shop.
  • Engineers working with other trades and professionals to bring this project to fruition.
  • Click Here to learn more about Project A.M.I.E.

Segment 4 (running time 7:29)

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Sign up for the Sanderson Ford Arizona Staycation!!!

*Thanks to the Arizona Mountain Inn & Cabins for being a great partner!

Rosie chats with Dr. Dky about up & coming events to watch for.Mars & Saturn is coming closer to earth and will be visible.

8:00AM - Outdoor Living: Talking Trees with John Eisenhower

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Segment 1 (running time 10:54)

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Romey is on the ASU campus with John Eisenhower with Integrity Tree Service for "Tour De Trees."

  • Sponsors and event details.
  • The guys discuss the White Sapote Tree.
  • Details on classes John's holding in the upcoming months at the Desert Botanical Garden.
  • It's a great time to be in the garden before the heat gets here!

Segment 2 (running time 6:23)

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  • The guys discuss a mesquite tree on their tour today.
  • The trouble with planting trees near businesses.
  • Events at ASU and the changes happening on campus.
  • Romey & John react when they spot the mesquite tree they've been discussing.

Segment 3 (running time 12:59)

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Caller:

  • Dee - She has a few oleanders and the trees are yellowing and turning brown. Is it water related?

Recommendation - It sounds like she could water less frequently and deeper.  John describes the watering schedule and how overwatering can lead to yellowing. There's a small chance it has a disease called xylella fastidiosa. If it is the disease, they'll need to be taken out, unfortunately as their is no known cure.

*We talk about alternatives to replace the oleander bushes. Plus, we tackle the 2nd part of Dee's question about spider mites. 

Text From a Listener:

  • How should they trim back Texas Ranger & Bird of Paradise Trees.

Recommendation - It's a great time for pruning. The Texas Ranger is pretty tough and can be cut back quite a bit, just not down to the ground like an oleander. Bird of Paradise can be cut back significantly, but not down to the ground either.

Segment 4 (running time 6:48)

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  • Details on the Tour De Trees Events.

Text From a Listener:

  • Homeowner has twisted mytrle trees and wants to know how to treat them.

Recommendation - They are pretty small and tricky to prune.  Be selective on reduction cuts on the outside. Don't use a hedge trimmer. Go with a hand pruner. They are susceptible to sunburn, so be careful. 

*John talks about over-pruning that causes sunburn. 

Remember you can reach John at Integrity Tree Serivice during the week!

9:00AM - Open Lines

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Segment 1 (running time 13:07)

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We're back in Tucson with Rosie at the SAHBA Home & Patio Show.

  • Recapping the 7 O'clock hour.

Mike with Southwestern Solar joins Rosie to talk about whether solar might be right for your home, plus Joanna, owner of Green Valley Cooling & Heating is here.

  • History of both companies in southern Arizona.
  • Mike & Rosie talk about the solar industries relationship with the utility companies.
  • Red flags in the solar industry.
  • Trying to set the record straight on confusing rate demands.

Caller:

  • Rick - He had solar units installed in his 1600 square foot home in January 2015 (Signed the contract Dec-2014) and wants to know if he's elgible for any credits and he's only seeing a 10 percent reduction in his utility useage?

Recommendation - We answer in the next segment.

Segment 2 (running time 6:31)

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Answering Rick's Question from the last segment. We ask a few more questions to make sure we understand his situation.

Recommendation - It is not too late for tax credits. He'll need to talk with a tax advisor and should be eligible for state and national tax credits.  10 percent reduction is not enough and he should be demanding a site visit from the installer. 

Segment 3 (running time 12:48)

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  • Rosie talks with Joanna from Green Valley Cooling & Heating about their company and service area. 
  • Mike talks about government statutes that businesses are supposed to use to outline what solar should save them. Some companies overstate useage and utility rate increases to make numbers look better than the reality. BEWARE OF SOLAR COMPANIES!!!
  • Mike shares what homeowners should be expecting from solar companies.
  • Misconceptions around going off the grid completely with solar power.
  • Steps taken to make sure your home is suitable for solar panels.

Text From a Listener:

  • Is solar available for manufactured homes?

Recommendation - Depends on the roofing. If it's simply a metal roof, then it is not a good candidate for solar. House orientation is key too. East/West facing homes are not great candidates, usually.

Caller:

  • Steve - He knows several homeowners that have installed solar and they are not saving a dime!

Recommendation - You should see a savings right away, so something is clearly wrong with these situations.

*The crew discusses what to expect for the average home & payback expectations.

Segment 4 (running time 6:46)

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Caller:

  • Ron - He just wanted to call in to talk about his solar success story. He paid significantly less than the previous caller and saw a solid return on his investment. He's even putting it on his new home after selling the home he's talking about. Listen to be clear on what he's done and his return.

Remember, you can reach Southwestern Solar in southern Arizona.

10:00AM - Housing Topic

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Segment 1 (running time 12:01)

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Rosie introduces Jennifer Bailey, Manager of the SAHBA Home & Patio Show.

  • Information on the show for the weekend.
  • It's the 40th Anniversary of the homeshow!
  • Stage Demonstrations, events for kids, plus great food.
  • The wide array of organizations at the homeshow.

Rosie talks about how much information is on this site.

Segment 2 (running time 6:38)

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Bob Crissman with All About Water joins us to make sure you understand the recent news about unuseable water.

  • Rosie & Bob talk about the age of our water system in Arizona.
  • Bob explains what a "Final Barrier" is and protecting your homes water system.

Segment 3 (running time 12:19)

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More ideas from the International Builders Show in Las Vegas this year.

Segment 4 (running time 6:39)

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