Blog - Rosie on the House

21 September 2021

Fiberglass is a versatile material that’s used in many applications. You’ll find it in everything from boats and airplanes to the insulation in your own home. Now fiberglass has made its way into windows. Pella, a Rosie-Certified Partner, offer a different kind of window -- fiberglass...

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14 September 2021

Pets are a big deal, and for those of us who have pets, they are considered part of the family. Some people refer to their pets as their furbabies or four-legged children. 90.5 million U.S. households own a pet, with dogs leading at 69.0%, cats at 45.3% followed by fish, reptiles, horses, and other small animals. Like us, our pets want to feel loved, secure, safe, and comfortable. Here are some ideas to help you create a space that makes your pet feel like a member of the family...

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07 September 2021

Arizona is home to an assortment of stunning and mysterious wildlife and plantlife. As beautiful as the Arizona desert is, there are threats to your pets that you need to be aware of; animals on the prowl, plants that hurt, and a virus that could prove fatal. The Arizona Game & Fish Department, Carrie Pawpins, Animal & Surgical Center of North Scottsdale, PetMD, and the American Kennel Club offer these preventive measures. You will want to find the problem before your pets do...

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07 September 2021

On October 1st, 2021, APS is scheduled to reduce its solar energy buy-back rate. This means that anyone who goes solar after September 30th will earn less when they sell their excess energy back to APS. The good news is that you still have time to lock in today's better rates for 10 years if you sign up to go solar before the deadline...

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31 August 2021

Thinking about livening up your backyard? Perhaps you are also interested in attracting wildlife and birds? Now that fall is approaching, start planning your backyard habitat and enjoy the birds, butterflies, and lizards that pop by for a visit...

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24 August 2021

After weeks of monsoon rains, you may have noticed a lot of puddles and dirt in your neighborhood. Or you may have noticed washouts as you skidded on loose dirt rounding a corner. Some of the water may have naturally flowed from small washes between homes, but some may have flowed from someone else's property and onto yours. What's a homeowner to do? Here are some basics regarding how drainage is determined in planning for homes and communities:...

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17 August 2021

Water has been the big topic throughout Arizona and at Rosie on the House over the past few weeks. We have had an abundance of much-needed rain. Our state broke quite a few rainfall records this year; Tucson International Airport set one of several records this season with 5.88 inches of rain through July 25. And the monsoon season is not over. BUT, don’t think we can leave the dust behind. Just because much of Arizona received record rainfall to date, doesn’t mean that we are flush with water. We still need to conserve what we have...

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10 August 2021

Whether you’re installing a new landscape, renovating an existing one, or just looking for ways to conserve water in an urban environment, proper planning and design are essential to creating a water-wise landscape. Water - Use It Wisely offers simple considerations to get you started on the design path...

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03 August 2021

According to the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), Arizona used about 7.1 million acre-feet of fresh water in 1957 — a figure that was actually lower — at 7.0 million acre-feet in 2017. An acre-foot is 325,850 gallons, enough to cover a football field in nearly a foot of water. Water saving isn’t any single area of our life; it's every area of our life. How we steward that resource is our individual responsibility. The more we think about how our decisions affect water and in what part/form of its life cycle we are using, the better stewards we become...

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27 July 2021

Owning a pool can be great fun! However, it can also be a great deal of work. To keep it clean and the equipment working properly, it needs regular maintenance. You may be tempted to do this yourself, and you totally can, but if you don’t want to be bothered with taking samples of your water to be tested or brushing down the pool, weekly service may make sense for you. At the very least, hire a professional service company for annual maintenance and summertime upkeep...

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20 July 2021

The monsoon season brings the fresh smell of creosote and mesquite, moisture in the air, cooler temperatures, and also something stinky -- scammers. Scammers, also known as “travelers,” are pesky door-knocking salespeople who use high-pressure tactics to get homeowners to sign up for construction repairs or installations that aren't actually needed. Their go-to "jobs" are installing a new roof, repairing a damaged air conditioning unit, re-stuccoing and painting, or re-landscaping your yard, while offering low costs and possibly utilizing leftover materials. These salespeople tend to appear after large, destructive storms and during the monsoon season. Here is how to avoid door-to-door scammers and what actions to take after a storm...

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13 July 2021

So, you are ready to get your weekend warrior on and tackle some home improvement projects. That’s great! But before you order materials and secure your toolbelt, Rosie highly cautions against four projects that should never be a DIY. These should be left to licensed professionals...

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06 July 2021

This article is part of a weekly series that will help each of us plan for a life of our choosing as we age. With the advancement of medical care and the resultant longer average life span there is a question that bears asking for many of us- how do we want to live out our retirement years? A key component for most people is that they would like to be as active, independent, and self-sufficient; as much as they can, as comfortably as they can and for as long as they can. The independence component of aging contributes to maintaining a sense of dignity...

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29 June 2021

In the summer do you drive around the parking lot for 20 minutes looking for a shady spot to park? The time it takes to find one can take as long as the errand would take itself. How about finding a shady spot at home? Where can you go to get some fresh air without being exposed to the direct sun? You can spend time outside even in the heat of summer, providing you have adequate shade. Any shaded surface on a hot afternoon will be about 30 degrees cooler than in the direct sun. Let's map out some shade zones for your backyard...

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22 June 2021

Last week Central and Southern Arizona residents endured 115 to 118-degree temperatures. Thankfully, we did not experience brownouts from the load thousands of air conditioning units put on the energy providers' systems. However, the monsoons are on their way which means in addition to the heat, we will have humidity, rain, and lightning. These scenarios can prevent the energy from flowing to your home. What if you or someone in your household requires oxygen 24/7 or has a medical condition that requires the home environment to stay cool and dry? What do you do if the power goes out? Thankfully, there are options...

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15 June 2021

The summer of 2020 was particularly challenging in Arizona as our state experienced the hottest summer on record... Extreme temperatures can put a strain on local energy grids. After seeing California experience rolling blackouts in summer 2020 and Texas's entire grid threatened in February 2021, it leaves Arizonans wondering: Could a situation similar to Texas or California’s happen here in Arizona?...

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08 June 2021

Just as with Part 1, where we discussed the individual strengths and weakness of concrete tile and single roof systems and how to mitigate them. Tyler Johnson, Johnson Roofing, a Rosie-Certified Partner explains the differences between flat roof systems, here, in Part 2....

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08 June 2021

There are many types of roofs in Arizona. How do you know which type you have? Do you know their individual strengths? Most importantly, do you know their weaknesses and how to mitigate them? Tyler Johnson, Johnson Roofing, a Rosie-Certified Partner explains the difference between concrete tile and shingles...

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01 June 2021

If you’re a homeowner thinking about patio options to open up the back of the house and looking to invest in something more expansive than French doors or sliders, there’s a growing trend that just might be the perfect solution: glass pivot doors. You’ve probably seen the popular oversized sliding glass doors that create a glorious, seamless flow from the inside of a home to the patio. They’re stunning, especially when they go all the way up to the ceiling. But this new trend takes the idea of moveable glass walls one step further...

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25 May 2021

It’s no secret that Arizona’s population has grown steadily over the years. Since 1955, it has grown five-fold. But here’s an amazing fact – due to significant investments in conservation, water reuse and infrastructure, our water use is essentially the same as it was more than half a century ago! This is an astounding – and reassuring – fact. Especially when you consider that the Colorado River Basin, which provides water for 80% of the state’s population, has experienced more than two decades of drought... it’s important to know that Arizona is prepared...

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