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Landscaping, irrigation workshops return
Seeking Valentine’s
Registration is now open for the City of Chandler’s by an ISA certifi ed arborist, who teaches attendees
Day listings
popular landscaping and irrigation workshops, free to the basics of pruning to keep landscape investments
all Chandler utility customers. healthy, functional and looking good. It’s held in the
Is your restaurant serving
Upcoming workshops include Water Wise Edible Chandler Police Community Room at 250 E. Chicago
a special Valentine’s
Day dinner? Does your
Gardening, Feb. 9; Pruning and Maintaining Your St.
organization offer a Valentine’s
Landscape, Feb. 16; “Chandler Smart” Landscaping, Most classes are held from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on their activity, sweetheart dance
Session One: Feb. 23 or March 16, Session Two: March respective dates at the Chandler Senior Center at 202
or other event for children? If
2 or 23, and Session Three: March 9 or 30; Basic Yard E. Boston St. in Chandler.
so, email your details to News@SanTanSun.com for
Makeovers, April 6; and Water Smart Workshops, in Classes are free, but registration is required by
possible inclusion in the SanTan Sun News. Include
a brief description of the event, times, days, dates,
three parts: Drip Irrigation System Installation on calling the City of Chandler’s Water Conservation
cost or free, if registration is required, venue/address,
April 13, Yard Watering on April 20 and Irrigation Offi ce at 480-782-3580. publishable phone number, website if applicable and
System Maintenance on April 27. For more details about Chandler’s water
contact information for verifi cation purposes. We
In the pruning session, topics covered are art and resources and water conservation programs, visit
welcome photos, which must be 300 dpi JPEGs or
science of good pruning, how to prune young trees www.chandleraz.gov/water.
taken on a digital camera on the “best” or “highest
quality” setting. Information is due by noon on Fri.,
for good structure, the fi ve types of pruning and when
Jan. 22 for the Feb. 6 issue, which is the last one
to use them, and how to avoid the two worst pruning before the big day. Submission does not guarantee
mistakes. This free, introductory presentation is given
placement.
Going green from Page 6
“Solar electric systems increase property value by through various local programs. To promote water well as various Arizona state credits.
decreasing utility operating costs,” says Patzer. “A conservation, the City of Chandler offers rebates For more information on local incentives, visit SRP at
home’s value is increased by $20,000 for every $1,000 on items like irrigation controllers and landscape www.srpnet.com or go to the City of Chandler website
reduction in annual operating costs from energy conversion from grass turf to drought-tolerant www.chandleraz.gov and click on the quick link Green
effi ciency, according to appraisal experts. And, plants. SRP’s PowerWise Cool Cash Rebate Program, Initiatives. To learn more about federal energy tax
according to solar industry research, solar electric which runs through April 30, provides up to $400 credits, check out www.energystar.gov/taxcredits.
systems appreciate over time rather than depreciate for installation of certain air conditioners and heat
as they age.” pumps. SRP continues to offer cash incentives for
Miriam Van Scott of Kerby Estates is a freelance writer and
solar powered water heaters and electrical systems. In
Chandler transplant from the Washington, D.C. area. She can be
More reasons to go green
reached at Miriam@SanTanSun.com.
addition to the SRP rebate, qualifying systems put in
SanTan Sun area residents can also receive rebates service before the end of 2010 could also be eligible for
and other incentives for eco-friendly purchases a federal energy effi ciency tax credit of up to $1,500 as
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