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3 spring cleaning hacks to freshen up your home

by Lisa Bray

3 spring cleaning hacks to freshen up your home

Spring is just around the corner. So for those of you who haven’t already dived head first into a vigorous spring cleaning ritual, here are 3 spring cleaning hacks to freshen up your home and welcome the new season.

1.) Welcome, plants: Studies show that tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. Keeping ornamental plants in the home increases memory retention and concentration, and research consistently links indoor flowers and plants with wellbeing. So add some fresh flowers or plants to your home interior and add some cheer and fresh oxygen to your home.

2.) Welcome, sunshine: Most people don’t enjoy doing windows, but washing your windows inside and out will let in some sunshine and make your home feel lighter and brighter. Also, rid your windowsills of ratty curtains or knickknacks that block your newly cleaned windows. Who knows, you might discover a beautiful view you didn’t realize you had.

3.) Welcome, spring: Now is the time to purge and put away your winter gear. First cleaning and then storing clothes and blankets in smart places like large containers that slide under your bed or vacuum sealed bags neatly stored at the back of your closet assure those fashionable scarves and winter gear will be ready to go when the cooler temps return.

Which of these 3 spring cleaning hacks to freshen up your home will you tackle this spring? For more spring cleaning tips or if you’re looking to sell your home or buy a home in the West Valley, please contact Lisa Bray today.

Lisa Bray

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Plant savings with free shade trees this summer

by Lisa Bray

Plant savings with free shade trees this summer

With summer just around the corner, many West Valley residents are looking for ways to save on their energy bill. One way to cool things down is by adding trees to your yard. Did you know trees can make buildings up to twenty degrees cooler in the summer? That’s why the Salt River Project (SRP) created the Shade Tree Program.

The SRP Shade Tree Program provides customers up to two free desert-adapted trees (approximately four to six foot saplings) to plant in energy-saving locations around your home. Shading your home helps reduce cooling costs, improve air quality and lower the Valley's heat effect—without using a lot of water.

To receive a free tree, participants are required to attend a free workshop to learn how to best plant and care for your trees. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by signing up online. In order to attend a Shade Tree workshop participants must be a current residential SRP customer and:

  • Have the legal right to plant trees on the property
  • Plant trees on the south, west and east sides of your home
  • Plant trees within fifteen feet of exposed exterior walls and windows
  • Have the ability to care for the tree, as needed
  • Have not previously received trees for the property from an SRP shade tree workshop

The SRP Shade Program offers six different eligible desert-adapted shade trees. Planting trees in your yard can cool up to $50 off your annual energy bill and does wonders for the environment too. For more information, call (602) 325-1254. And for more tips to improve your Arizona home, contact Lisa Bray today!

Lisa Bray

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Tips to Reduce your A/C Bills this Summer

by Lisa Bray

Tips to Reduce your A/C Bills this Summer

Summertime energy demand can be higher with weather responsible for up to seventy percent of your electric bill according to Arizona Public Service (APS) department. In fact, cooling accounts for forty percent of the energy consumption in the average Arizona home. So if you’re looking to keep your monthly cooling bill costs from rivaling the heats triple digits, here are some tips to reduce your A/C bills this summer.

  • Replace disposable air filters at least once a month to save energy and increase the life of your cooling system.
  • Leave your air vents open to help improve the effectiveness of your cooling system.
  • Check windows for any hot air leaking in and seal them with caulk or weather stripping.
  • Add window treatments. Sunscreens can block as much as sixty to eighty percent of the sun’s heat from reaching the glass.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to save time and energy costs.

Implement one or more of these tips to reduce your A/C bills this summer, and the heat will be the only thing that will have you sweating this summer. – Lisa

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3 Smart Ways to Detoxify and Refresh Your Home

by Lisa Bray

3 Smart Ways to Detoxify and Refresh Your Home

We’ve all been in a building or home that felt toxic. Whether it had strong paint and chemical smells, reeked of mold and dust, or just made us feel ill. Indoor environment has a huge impact on us, influencing not only our moods but our health as well.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identifies those who may become ill in their indoor surroundings as experiencing sick building syndrome (SBS). SBS is a term used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.  That being said, how you protect your home environment is an essential factor in the health of you and your loved ones. Here are 3 smart ways to detoxify and refresh your home.

1.) Clean Green: Making the switch from standard household cleaning products to green ones is one of the best things you can do for your home. The toxic household cleaners can greatly decrease the air quality in your home and has been linked to everything from asthma to memory loss. Think buying green cleaning products is too expensive? You can make your own! The online community is inundated with tips and ideas for making your own safe, non-toxic cleaners to clean every item in your home.

2.) Invest in filters: You’d be surprised how many items can dispense potentially harmful chemicals into your air. For example, there are more than 700 different chemicals that have been identified in an average glass of tap water. And these same contaminants in tap water become gasses at room temperature when you shower. A water filter can help create safer drinking water and a shower filter can help keep tap water toxins from becoming airborne. Also, replace or clean your air filters regularly to better insure a higher quality of air.

3.) Breathe easy. Healthy ventilation is an important factor in improving the air quality in your home. Indoor air can be up to five times as polluted as outdoor air due to being locked in the space. Stagnant air can house pollutants from dust, dirt, pesticides, cleaners, and more. Whenever possible, keep you windows and doors open to allow fresh air to flow in. Also, add a little green to your scene. Plants are natural air detoxifiers and can help bring in fresh oxygen. Plus, it adds a nice pop of color to your décor.

I hope these 3 smart ways to detoxify and refresh your home, help keep your home happy and healthy for you to enjoy. If you'd like more tips on ways to detoxify and refresh your home, please contact me. – Lisa

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