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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!

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FREE tax prep services available in Avondale

by Lisa Bray

FREE tax prep services available in Avondale

Tax time is here again and if the thought of having to prepare your own taxes or coming up with the funds to hire someone is daunting, then you’re in luck. The City of Avondale’s Neighborhood and Family Services Department, together with Valley of the Sun United Way offers free tax prep services available in Avondale. The no cost tax preparation services will benefit individuals and families with low to moderate income. Services will be offered to the community every Tuesday and Saturday at the Care1st Avondale Resource and Housing Center until April.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, known as VITA, offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households that make less than $54,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns. VITA sites not only offer free tax preparation, they also help taxpayers apply for benefits they may not be aware of such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.

Tax preparation assistance is available at Care1st Avondale Resource Center located at 328 W Western Ave., Avondale on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1p.m. until April 16. No appointment necessary. Walk-ins are welcomed.

VITA site visitors should bring the following items with them:

•Social Security cards or IRS ITIN card or ITIN letter for all household members

•Picture ID for taxpayer (and spouse)

•Birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return

•Proof of all income, including W-2 and 1099 forms

•Name, address, and tax ID# of childcare provider

•Amount of money paid to childcare provider last year

•Account and routing numbers for direct deposit

•Copy of last year’s tax return, if available

•All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements

•Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received

•Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

Contact the Care1st Avondale Resource Center for further detail at 623-333-2703. For more information about local community events in Avondale and the West Valley please contact Lisa Bray today.

Lisa Bray

RE/MAX Professionals

www.lisabray.com

602-762-3691

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Lisa Bray
RE/MAX Professionals
10320 W McDowell Rd, Suite B2005
Avondale AZ 85392
(602)762-3691
Fax: (888)277-2250