Saturday, September 20, 2014

Where Does Arizona Gets Its Water?

Where Does Arizona Gets Its Water?

As a Phoenix Scottsdale real estate agent, I get this question all the time both from my newcomer clients to our great state and my local clients as well.

Since we live in the desert with more than 350 days of sunshine per year, and hot temperatures, this is a good question to ask.

I don't mean to give you a technical dissertation about how this is done, but here's the short of it.

From Underground Water Storage Reservoirs. We have developed underground water recharge facilities to ensure a reliable and adequate water supply. Precipitation and run-offs from the mountains contribute to the storage of water.

The Canal System. The Colorado River serves as a viable supplement to the water system.

Water Rights from the Salt River watershed.

Conservation Programs to help reduce the water consumption.

In most areas of the county, when you purchase a home, you are assured of a 100-year water supply.

Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Where Does Arizona Gets Its Water?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Arizona Pool Covers, Great For Safety & Money Saver

Arizona Pool Covers, Great For Safety & Money Saver

Sometimes caring for your Arizona pool is more than you anticipated, and perhaps more expensive than you thought. After all, a body of surface water is not a natural thing in Arizona. 

Only a very small group of people actually swim in their pools all the time, maybe 5 to 6 times per year. And from my experience as a Phoenix Scottsdale real estate agent, is that 50% of homeowners like pools while the other half don't. 

On top of the expenses which often total about $3,000 a year for maintaining a pool, homeowners have to face the safety issue involved with pools. 

Many pool owners depend on fences around their pools to keep children from using the pool when an adult isn’t around. But the truth is that fences can fall into disrepair; children are also capable of climbing fences when no one is there to stop them. 

So a really secure pool cover, particularly one with fasteners that anchor into the pool decking, can help keep those worries off your mind.

Solar pool covers can be made to fit not only the pool but can also cover all the steps and water features connected with the pool. 

But solar covers quickly pay for themselves. They can slow down on evaporation and reduce water bills. With a covered pool, you won’t need to run the pump as often and you will save on buying chemicals. According to the U.S. Energy Department, a solar pool cover can reduce heating costs by from 50 to 70 percent.

Although pool covers come in several colors, dark green appears to be the best for energy efficiency, because it appears they absorb more sunlight.

For those who want to keep swimming regularly, a solar cover will also help keep heat collected from the sun in your pool. As fall comes, the cover will keep your pool at 80 degrees for several more weeks than is usually the case – without using your heater.  In the spring, you can start using your pool sooner and use your heater less.

Also, pool covers are essential if you’re planning to put your pool into “hibernation” for a couple of weeks to six months or more. 

For example, if you’re thinking of selling your home in a year or so, you can keep that pool covered up until just before putting it on the market when you want to clean it up and make it look attractive for buyers. Just make sure to keep the leaves and other debris swept off the top of the pool cover.

Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate

Arizona Pool Covers, Great For Safety & Money Saver