April 2018

Cool Down and Save with Summer Energy Efficiency Tips from APS

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 20, 2018

 

Summer in Arizona means siestas and Saturdays by the pool. For many Phoenix residents it also means sweat and rising energy bills… but it doesn’t have to! With a few easy tweaks, you can enjoy the cool comfort of modern air conditioning (invented in 1902 by the one day founder of Samsung, Willis Carrier, in case you were wondering) without the gut punch of the summer energy bill. APS® offers a few tips to keep you cool:
Energy Efficiency Tips from APS

  • Doctor Doctor: Cooling accounts for nearly half of your monthly energy bill in the hotter months, but it can easily skyrocket if your unit isn’t operating the way it should. Schedule regular yearly check-ups for you’re A/C unit to help prevent it from working harder than it has to.
  • You Spin Me Round: It’s time to wake up that ceiling fan that’s been hanging dormant since November. Turn on the fan and turn up the temperature: raising your thermostat by one degree can save 2 – 3% on energy cooling costs — set your thermostat to 79° and use fans to feel up to 5° cooler.
  • Carry on My Wayward Sun: The desert sun bakes your windows all day long. Plant low water use shade trees in front of south, east, or west facing windows to help keep sunlight from heating up your home in the summer months.
  • Take Me Home, Desert Roads: Don’t spend money to cool your home when you’re away at work all day! Program your thermostat to turn up the temperature when you are not home, or get a smart thermostat with “geofencing” that does this automatically by working with your smartphone.
  • Dancing in the Dark: Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they can add heat to your home. Unplugging appliances when you aren’t using them could help lower energy costs as well. TVs and toasters take up more power than you’d expect, even when you aren’t using them.

At Shea Homes®, we work to keep our new homes energy efficient from the start, which is why our ENERGY STAR® certified homes use up to 20-30% less energy than other non-certified homes. Through a combination of complete thermal enclosure systems, high efficiency ventilation, comprehensive water management systems, and energy-efficient appliances and lighting, together families that have purchased ENERGY STAR labeled homes save more than $350 million dollars each year on utility bills.

Visit Shea Homes to learn more about the Shea difference.

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Introducing Barcelona, A New 55+ Community Coming to the East Bay Area!

by Shea Homes Active Lifestyle on April 19, 2018

 

Have you heard the news? We’re thrilled to announce that Shea Homes® is developing a new 55+ community in Northern California offering stunning townhomes at a great value!

Barcelona will be intimate in size and feature a collection of townhome plans ranging from ~1,295 to ~2,142 square feet, with 2 to 3 bedrooms, 2 to 3 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. These attached single-story floorplans are thoughtfully designed, each available with a loft option.

Conveniently located close to Mount Diablo State Park with easy access to the great outdoors, yet just an hour’s drive from San Francisco, this intimate community is part of the charming city of Brentwood, with a vibrant retail and dining scene, and farmers’ markets that have made the town an agri-tourism destination.

Be sure to join the interest list to get all of the latest info on Barcelona, our newest 55+ community in Northern California! We expect a high level of interest, so you’ll be among the first to learn about pricing, floorplans, homesite releases, fun events, and more!

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Origin at Gateway Quarter

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Shea Homes® Arizona is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of Gateway Quarter, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on April 14, 2018 at the S.E. corner of Ellsworth and Germann Road in Queen Creek, AZ. This new development, offering stunning views of the Superstition Mountains, is made up of three diverse communities – Aperture, Emblem, and Origin. Those looking for modern living without the hustle of the city will find their personal Shangri-la at Gateway Quarter. With 9 models opening, come stroll through these thoughtfully designed spaces and experience the Shea difference for yourself.

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Celebrate Earth Day in Southern California

by Shea Homes Southern California on April 12, 2018

 

Earth Day is almost here (April 22nd), and SoCal is showing our beautiful planet all kinds of love this year. If you’re passionate about keeping the earth clean, happy, and healthy, here are some fun ways you can contribute in Orange and LA County!

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Earth Day Events in Orange County and Los Angeles:

April 14: Earth Day 2018 Community Festival in Whittier

  • Bring the whole family for a fun and educational afternoon at this FREE Earth Day Festival hosted by the Sanitation Districts.  DETAILS

April 19-22: OneOC Earth Day Events throughout OC

  • Join this amazing SoCal organization by volunteering in Earth Day projects around Orange County. DETAILS

April 21: California State Parks 20th Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup throughout LA & OC

  • California will be doing a statewide cleanup of their local parks! Click HERE to select a park near you and join a cleanup crew.

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Live in the Happiest City in the U.S.

April 11, 2018




Fremont, California was recently ranked as “The Happiest City in the U.S.” by WalletHub.com. The title of the happiest city in America was awarded to Fremont after WalletHub surveyed the 182 biggest cities and looked at indicators such as income, employment, community and environmental well-being. Wallethub.com also notes that Fremont has the lowest divorce rate in […]

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Artisan at South Coast Coming Soon to Santa Ana, CA

April 10, 2018




There are so many reasons to be excited for summer in SoCal, but we’re not just talking about pool parties, spending our days at the beach, and family vacations…we’re also talking about new homes! Specifically, Artisan at South Coast by Shea Homes®, a stunning new collection of two-story single-family homes coming to Santa Ana. What can you […]

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Shea Homes Opens New Section, Introduces New Plans in Meridiana

April 10, 2018
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ICE CREAM SOCIAL EVENT PLANNED TO CELEBRATE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 Shea Homes® is celebrating the Grand Opening of a new section of homesites the new master-planned community of Meridiana. In addition, Shea Homes has also released some new floor plans designed with value in mind. The celebration includes an ice cream social event […]

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Shea Homes Grillin’ & Chillin’ Event in Cane Island

April 9, 2018
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  On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Shea Homes® invites you to stop by their two furnished model homes in Cane Island from noon to 3 pm for their Grillin’ & Chillin’ Event. This event is a great way to meet Cane Island home owners and see the lifestyle offered in the community. Stop by for […]

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Prepare for Awesome: Awesomefest Coming to Eastmark April 13 and 14

April 6, 2018




Peer ahead in your calendar. Do you see that? The luminous sheen over next Friday and Saturday? The glowing lights, the live music, the smell of roasted pecans mingling with the tantalizing smells of a dozen food trucks? It can only be one thing… AWESOMEFEST! And this year, Eastmarks’ annual bash has too much awesome […]

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Shea Homes Opens Second Model Home in Sienna Plantation: Grand Opening Event in Stillwater Cove

April 4, 2018
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  Shea Homes® has opened a second model home in Sienna Plantation in the new section of Stillwater Cove. Home buyers are invited to join Shea Homes for a Grand Opening event on Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 2018, from 1 to 4 pm. Tour the new furnished model home while enjoying free refreshments […]

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