Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and Everyday!

Gail Johnson, AZ GreenBroker:

If you can’t get to an event tomorrow, just turn off a few more lights and unplug something. Be nice to our city.

Originally posted on Green Florida Broker:

Earth Day 2014 is “officially” tomorrow, but many cities around the world are celebrating this coming weekend with many different activities.  This year’s theme is Green Cities . Tomorrow would be a great day to celebrate with your own effort to help our planet  before joining others this weekend in community festivals. 

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Do you own rental properties?

For rentIf you own and lease (rent) in the United States you’d best be familiar with Federal Fair Housing regulations.  When advertising a property for lease (or for sale) there are Fair Housing Advertising Words and Phrases that you can and cannot use. Continue reading

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Upcoming Recycle and Shred Events

Except for today’s very cool temperatures, spring has sprung in Arizona.  Everything is in bloom and for those who suffer from pollen allergies, my sincere sympathies.

There are several events during April 2014 around the valley that I thought were worth mentioning. Continue reading

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Celebrate Earth Hour Tonight at 8:30 PM!

Gail Johnson, AZ GreenBroker:

It’s just one hour to make a difference!

Originally posted on US GreenBrokers:

Just a reminder to join other folks around the world from 8:30 – 9:30 PM (local time) and turn off your lights to raise awareness about the sustainability of our planet.  Even though this is just an hour-long action it is hopefully the stepping stone to conserving and saving our planet…one person at a time.   Click here to see celebrations in other parts of the world.

Andy Ridley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Hour, the global environmental movement initiated in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as a campaign for action on climate change.  The Earth Hour project was started six years ago. It has grown to become the world’s largest mass participation event in history. From 1 to over 7,000 cities. From 1 country to 7 continents. From 2 million to hundreds of millions of people.

According to Andy: “Earth Hour’s mission is three-fold. To bring people…

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H.A.R.P. (Home Affordable Refinance Program)

Is your monthly mortgage payment just a bit more than you can handle?  Are you paying too high an interest rate?  Would you just like to have an extra $200 per month?  Check out HARP to see if you qualify.

The Home Affordable Refinance Program, also known as HARP, is a federal program of the United States, set up by the Federal Housing Finance Agency in March 2009 to help underwater and near-underwater homeowners refinance their mortgages. Join the 900,000+ people who have benefited from the Home Affordable Refinance Program!   Continue reading

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Today is World Water Day!

Gail Johnson, AZ GreenBroker:

An old story, but, I actually measured the amount of water that goes down the drain waiting for hot water in the shower – 3 gallons X 2 people X 2 showers/day X 365 days = 4,380 gallons of wasted water just on showers.

Originally posted on US GreenBrokers:

Are you part of the 23% of people who knows where their water comes from?  Although 70% of our planet is covered with water only .03% is accessible and drinkable!  What that means is nearly 2 billion people on our planet do not have access to clean  water to drink! Have you thought about what you can do to help change these percentages?

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2015 Property Valuation Notices are here

If you haven’t already received your 2015 Property Valuation Notice from the Maricopa County Assessor’s office you should get it very soon.  If you think your property has been improperly valued, classified or listed incorrectly, you may petition the Assessor’s Office for review within 60 days of the NOTICE DATE.   Continue reading

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Building a new home – build it the “Passive” way!

Are you aware that a huge percent of homes in the Phoenix metro area, if tested, would rate worse than 100 on a HERS score. HERS stands for Home Efficiency Rating Standards.  Home are rated  zero to 100, zero being the most efficient (lowest utility bills) and 100 being the worst (highest utility bills, not to mention lack of comfort).  Homes constructed prior to the 90s are probably around 120, that’s a leaky house.

I came across this video trailer and thought I would share it.  There are many different options to build an energy efficient home and this is one of them.  The DVD can be purchased at Community Solutions Bookstore.

Disclaimer:  Green Home Properties, in no way, profits from any purchase through this site.  It is just a resource.

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I Recycle Phoenix coming February 22, 2014


PARADISE VALLEY MALL, 4568 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032

8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

What Can I Bring?

Non Perishable Food Donations | Electronics** | Cell Phones | Hard Drive Shredding | Phone Books | Laptops and Desktops

Writing Utensils | Plastic Bags | Ink Jet Cartridges | Rechargeable Batteries | Clothing and Household Donations | Just about anything! (Here’s a list!)

On-Site Document Shredding (up to 5 boxes) from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. or until the truck is full! We will also collect documents to be shredded offsite!

Due to the amount of lead in CRT monitors and TV’s – Westech Recyclers will charge a small fee for recycling.


How do I know if my TV or monitor is a CRT? Find out here!

What CAN’T I Bring?

Hazardous Waste such as paint, tires, chemicals etc.  Questions? Call 602-262-4820 or email info@keepphxbeautiful.org

Shredding events

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Average Utility Bills Motivate Buyers Towards Energy-Efficient Homes!

Gail Johnson, AZ GreenBroker:

Phoenix is #8 on the top 10 list of highest average utility bills. No wonder Buyers want more efficient homes.

Originally posted on Green Florida Broker:

A recent article on EcoBuilding.com listed 10 cities with the highest utility bills…what an eye-opener!  “Utility” bills included not only electric and gas costs but also “essential home services”, i.e. telephone, television and high-speed internet since so many homes have devices like computers, tablets, x-boxes, etc.  According to the WhiteFence Index 2012 data collection the following cities topped the list of highest utilities.

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