Money and Energy Saving Tips While You Relax on the Beach

Money and Energy Saving Tips While You Relax on the BeachTaking a summer break from Tucson is a smart idea during the summer heat. Whether you’re going to the mountains or the beach, consider your home energy use when you’re planning your vacation. Coming home to high energy bills can spoil your summer memories, so take a look at these energy saving tips to have a worry-free vacation. Read More »

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Don’t Come Home to Water Damage — Steps to Prevent It From Happening

Don't Come Home to Water Damage -- Steps to Prevent It From HappeningWater damage to your home can be particularly distressing and expensive. Leaks can occur for any number of reasons. Galvanized pipe and plumbing fixture supply lines have a definite lifespan and will eventually fail. The home’s structure itself can be repaired to original condition although the work is inconvenient. But damage to expensive furniture and family heirlooms are sometimes beyond restoration. A dose of prevention can go a long way to avoiding that headache. Consider the following tips. Read More »

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Improve Your Home’s Efficiency By Adding Attic Insulation

Improve Your Home's Efficiency By Adding Attic InsulationLike any Tucson homeowner, you want to keep abreast of the best, most cost-efficient methods for maintaining your HVAC equipment and reducing home electricity usage. Keeping your home well sealed with good insulation levels can go a long way in increasing your HVAC system’s energy-efficiency. If you’ve already air sealed your basement, home, and attic, then the next great step is to inspect the attic and it’s insulation levels. Adding attic insulation is one of simplest and most effective methods for improving a household’s energy-efficiency and comfort. Read More »

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Water Heater Basics — Setting the Correct Temperature For Your Home

Water Heater Basics -- Setting the Correct Temperature For Your HomeDid you know that you can save money and increase the working life of your water heater by simply readjusting its temperature? Most water heaters come set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but most Tucson homeowners only really need them at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This lower figure slows mineral buildup and corrosion in your unit and its pipes. Additionally, a lower water heater temperature reduces standby losses and hot water consumption, saving you money on home energy bills. Read More »

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Don’t Let Your Savings Go Down the Pipes — Purchase a Water Efficient Toilet

Don't Let Your Savings Go Down the Pipes -- Purchase a Water Efficient ToiletIf one or more of the toilets in your home was manufactured before 1994, you are almost certainly sending up to seven gallons of water down the pipes with every flush of your old throne. Although the first versions of low flow toilets (using 1.6 gallons of water or lower per flush) were less than perfect in functionality, today’s versions make choosing a water efficient toilet a win-win for water and financial savings as well as leaving behind a clean bowl after every flush. Read More »

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Shine a Light on Fungus — A UV Light

Shine a Light on Fungus -- A UV LightFungus and mold are typically used interchangeably, but regardless of what you call it, fungus is bad for your health and can also cause damage to your home. One of the ways to combat fungus is with UV light, which has an added bonus of destroying other harmful micro-organisms in your home’s air. Read More »

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Tips for Keeping Your Sewer Clear of Roots

Tips for Keeping Your Sewer Clear of RootsDo you have issues with roots growing in your Tucson home’s piping network? Tree and shrub roots commonly grow towards sewer systems because they have all of the nutrients, water, and oxygen that plants crave. However, keeping your sewer clear of roots is important to prevent disaster for you. Root growth inhibits sewer waste flow, breaks pipes, causes blockages, and a host of other homeowner headaches. The following are some helpful tips to keep your sewer clear of roots: Read More »

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Is Your Sewer Line Clogged? How to Tell

Is Your Sewer Line Clogged? How to TellThe sewer line system in a house is something that most homeowners don’t fully understand. You might know that yours helps remove water and waste, but dealing with a clog is likely something you wouldn’t want to do yourself. After all, it isn’t exactly like unclogging a drain. However, there are ways to tell if your sewer line clogged or if you’re having other problems in your house before calling a qualified plumber to help fix the problem. In some cases you may even be able to avoid that phone call altogether with proper maintenance. Use these tips to help you figure out if your sewer line clogged and maybe even where the clog is. Read More »

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Is Your A/C Full of Hot Air? A Refrigerant Charge May Cool It Off

Is Your A/C Full of Hot Air? A Refrigerant Charge May Cool It OffAir conditioners rely on a self-contained supply of refrigerant gas to cool the air running out of the system and into your home. This gas should remain at a consistent level when the system is in proper working order. However, leaks can form anywhere along the lines holding the refrigerant, leading to a depletion in the amount of refrigerant running through the system. When that happens, you need to fix the leaks and have a qualified technician do what is called a refrigerant charge. Read More »

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Ice on Your A/C? Call a Professional to Help

Ice on Your A/C? Call a Professional to HelpThere’s no doubt about it, summer in Tucson is HOT! Even the spring and fall can be scorching, even at the high altitude. It’s not unusual to run the air conditioning full blast through most of the season. These are times when we appreciate the saving graces of A/C technology! Read More »

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