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  • Clean your window coverings to make the air in your home easier to breathe

    You probably wash your windows and have your carpets cleaned, but have you really cleaned the entire house? What about cleaning the window coverings in your home?
  • Take these simple steps to ensure your alarm systems are working properly

    Many homes have alarm systems to warn residents about fire and smoke, carbon monoxide or radon. Here are some ways to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Here’s what you need to know about exterior home paint

    If the outside of your house is looking shabby, you may be thinking about having it repainted. But like most homeowners, you're wondering about what paint to use.
  • How to know that it’s time to paint the exterior of your house

    After a long, hot summer when the exterior of your home took a real beating, it may be time to repaint those walls, especially if it’s five years or more since the house was painted.
  • Is it time for your swimming pool to hibernate?

    How often do you really use your swimming pool? If your answer is not often, you might wonder whether you should shut the pool down. Here are some easy solutions.
  • Here is how a power washer can clean up your home and yard

    After the last major dust storm of our long, hot summer, you probably wished you had a power washer to help clean up your yard and house.
  • Looking to preserve your fall harvest? Here are some tips

    If you have a magic touch for raising fruits and vegetables, you probably have more produce on hand than you can eat all at once. Here are some ways you can preserve your harvest.
  • Here is how you can check your drip irrigation system for problems

    As your drip irrigation system ages, you need to check regularly for problems, particularly if the system is more than five years old.
  • Here is how to avoid this year’s monsoon season roofing scam

    Recently, we’ve heard about door-to-door salesmen who use high-pressure tactics to get them to sign up for a re-roofing job. Be careful, because it might be a scam.
  • 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.

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