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  • Here’s how you can protect your home from electrical surges

    We’re still in the middle of monsoon season, a time of year when an electrical storm can suddenly visit your neighborhood and cause big problems.
  • What is xeriscaping and why would you want to do it to your yard?

    Xeriscaping, or the practice of designing a desert-style landscape that uses lots of native plants, can save you money and back-breaking work.
  • Building a pool? Here are the pros, cons to different types of surfaces

    When you’re building a swimming pool, one of the important choices you make is what the interior surface should be. Here are some pros and cons of the different types of surfaces.
  • Here’s how you can avoid getting trapped in a flash flood

    Flash floods are a serious hazard in Arizona, particularly during our state’s monsoon season which started in mid-June and lasts until Sept. 15.
  • Here’s how you can handle pests in Arizona this summer

    A host of “pests” manage to survive the heat of Arizona and may cause trouble in your neighborhood. Here are the type of pests and how you can handle them.
  • Here is how to remove chlorine from drinking water in Arizona

    Arizona's water supply is perfect for breeding waterborne bacteria, meaning that the water is treated with chlorine to kill bacteria and viruses. Here is how you can remove that chlorine.
  • The basics about cleaning up after major water damage

    What’s the worst thing that can happen to you during a monsoon storm? How about a flood in your house? Actually, a watery mess caused by leaky pipes or appliances can be just about as bad as a monsoon.
  • Here are a dozen tips for keeping your house safe when you’re gone

    Many Arizonans choose to take a long vacation or leave the state during the hot summer months. Here are some tips for keeping your house safe when you're gone.
  • How to electronically secure your home when you’re away

    If you’re worried about keeping your home safe, but don't want to buy a new security system, there are low-cost devices out there to provide some protection that might be great to try first.
  • Here are 8 things to remember about pool safety this summer

    If you have a swimming pool at your home, you’re well aware of your need to protect children – and adults – from possible water hazards. Here are eight basic precautions to consider.
  • Want to keep your energy bills from soaring? Avoid these 5 scams

    Utility bills may be higher than ever this summer for APS customers due to rate increases. But you don't have to make high-cost improvements as a way of keeping rates down.
  • Here are 5 ways to prepare for the monsoon season

    Summer’s monsoon season will begin June 15, so you don’t have a lot of time to prepare your house and yard for possible stormy weather.
  • How to attach a flagpole to your house ahead of Memorial Day

    Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are coming soon, so it’s a great time to think about installing a flagpole bracket on the front of your house.
  • Get ready for the hot Arizona summers with an energy audit

    Worried about what your power bills will be like this summer? You can probably benefit from a whole house energy audit that will look at your possible problems.
  • Make your shower grout look new again with a good cleaning

    Once a year, you should clean and seal the grout between the ceramic or porcelain tiles in your bathroom shower. Probably 99 percent of America does not do this, right?