Controlling your power use over the summer Print

Eight O'Clock Landscape Hour

Broadcasting on KTAR, KAFF, KNST & KGVY



Segment 1 (running time 11:55)

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Weekly Gardening Tip:
  • Save money inside by planting a tree outside!  Shade Trees can help you save $50 off your annual energy bill.  Click on your energy provider: SRP, TEP or APS for their Shade Tree Programs!
  • Special Guest in the Studio: Sharla Mortimer and Valerie from Mortimer's Nursery

Our Favorite Shade Trees:

  • Chanticleer Pear, Sycamore, Mesquite, Palo Verde Irowood


  • Sally, has what looks like mold around her trees and more dripping sap on her Citrus Trees
Recommendation: take a bag of soil to your local nursery for assessment, may be too much water
  • Kim, has a Pygmy Palm.  How can she remove a dead tree without distubing live ones
Recommendation: Pull it out

Mortimer Farms Events


Segment 2 (running time 6:39)

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Rob Rob from Aqua Feeder

Ace Hardware in Chino Valley and Mortimer Nursery

  • Brad, what is the best way to get a great lawn. What is the best mower

Recommendation:Whatever mower has sharp blades for a good cut on your grass

Segment 3 (running time 12:14)

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  • Brad, continued from last segment.  Is is too late for Bermuda

Recommendation: Not too late

  • Michelle, has Sisu trees with invasive roots.  What other tree can she plant

Recommendation: Citrus; canopy is equal to length of roots

  • James, has a Southern Oak that all the leaves have died

Recommendation: Too much water

Root Saturation with Rob Rob and the AquaFeeder

  • 2-4 ft out


  • George, needs a shade tree

Recommendation: 12 ft x 30 ft; Palo Verde, Purple Leaf Plum

  • Bob, he cannot remove grass from his gravel front yard

Recommendation: Round Up Full Strength; Pre-emergent

  • wants to keep his Oak from growing out too much; it's not near his home

Recommendation: Let it grow

Segment 4 (running time 6:03)

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Sharla Mortimer and Valerie Phipps from Mortimer Nursery

Nine O'Clock Hour with Rosie & Romey

Broadcasting on KTAR, KAFF, KNST & KGVY



Segment 1 (running time 10:37)

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Steve Koepp from Advanced Home Systems
  • Get out your March Utility Bill when you energy usage is at its least
  • Study the different programs that your energy company uses
  • Barry, has a broken water main
Recommendation: what PVC does he get, San Plumbing Supply; take a picture and get to a plumbing supply house

Segment 2 (running time 7:26)

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Call Steve Koepp at Advanced Home Systems (602)799-5656

  • Pat, has a 15 year old unit with new condenser. She has 5 ton unit now.  Does she need a new unit.  What's the difference between SEER vs. tonage
Rosie on the Box: Rosie and Steve ask about conditions in her home
  • There in no economic reason to replace that unit
SEER vs. Tonage
  • Manual J Calculation
  • Most homes have more tons than the average homeowner needs
Cont. in next segment

Segment 3 (running time 10:35)

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  • Bob, has a plug in (window unit) a/c that has frozen up
Recommendation: Shut it off, let the ice melt; then replug; Knight Air Conditioning; Integrity Air Conditioning

By using the Energy Management Computer, Rosie has saved $2000 annual
  • Take advantage of your off peak hours.  The difference can be over $.20
  • Most homeowners are on the wrong plan for their usage
  • Time of us is the way to go

Segment 4 (running time 7:31)

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First, make sure you are on the right plan for your usage


  • Kristin, how can we help her save money on her electric bill. She has followed the advice of the electric company and still not saving money.  What to do
Recommendation: Listen to our podcast as Rosie and Steve analyze why her bill is so high

Ten O'Clock with Rosie & Romey

Broadcasting on KTAR, KAFF, KNST & KGVY



Segment 1 (running time 11:46)

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More with Kristen and her high energy bills

Recommendation: We're giving her a REEIS Home Energy Audit to help her out!

Romey checking in from the YCCA Home Show at Tim's Toyota Center
Go see these ROTH Partners:

  • Barrett Propane
  • Century Painting
  • Central Basin Roofing
  • Garage Floors and More
  • Northern Arizona Quality Water
  • Sanders Plastering Systems
  • Vicente Landscaping

Segment 2 (running time 6:59)

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Know your Energy Program and use electricity when you're paying less
  • Manage your consumption and save money


  • Robert, does solar offset electric costs

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Segment 3 (running time 11:23)

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Continued from last segment
  • Robert, is solar fed back into the grid

Coming up in a few weeks: Solar with Harmon Solar and The Solar Store

  • Bud, has asphalt shingles on his roof.  Can he cover or coat the roof or does he need to re-shingle

Recommendation: You can coat the roof, it will change the look. Castle Roofing and Lyon's Roofing in Tucson

Do not power ventilate your attic

  • Jacob, 1978 home needs new windows.  Where to start

Recommendation: continued in next segment

What is your base load for energy usage?

Segment 4 (running time 6:56)

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  • Use electricity in the evening when it's cheap, keeps the house cool during the day when rates are higher

The benefit of the Energy Management Computer

Contact Steve Koepp, Advanced Home Systems-(602) 799-5656

Get yourself a Home Energy Audit with REEis

Next week, A Day with a Painter