Home Design and Planning

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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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.

by Shea Homes Northern California on April 11, 2018

Happiest City in the US

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 the county. And of course, the fantastic Northern California weather and picturesque scenery don’t hurt.

The recent addition of the Innovation District in Fremont likely may have something to do with this rating. The Innovation District, located at the new Warm Springs BART station in Fremont is a thriving new tech area that features a variety of tech manufacturing facilities, including Tesla Motors, Lam Research, Delta Products, Seagate, Western Digital, ThermoFisher, and Boston Scientific, as well as a number of startups in clean technologies, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing. Fremont also boasts the highest concentration of start-ups in the county for many international industries.

Innovation in Fremont

New Homes in Fremont
Theory is a collection of 4 new single-level condominiums by Shea Homes®, located within the Innovation neighborhood in Fremont’s Innovation District. These new condominiums are now selling, and will have access to all of the amenities in the neighborhoood. Interested in living in a Theory home? Interested parties must pre-qualify with Shea Mortgage in order to participate in an upcoming release. Begin the pre-qualification process now.

You can also register to receive Theory community updates, sneak peeks, and notifications about upcoming happenings. Visit TheoryAtInnovation.com to learn more about this new Shea Homes® community,  or give us a call at (866) 696-7434 to speak with a Community Representative.

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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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How to Make your Garden Pop this Spring

March 30, 2018




  Blooming season is here! With average temperatures in the high 70s, you might be getting the itch to get your hands in the dirt and do some spring planting. We asked Christine Fortman at Berridge Nurseries if she could share some Spring gardening tips.  What should we be planting in Arizona this time of […]

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House Design Trends for 2018 Q&A: Latest Trends and Insights from Shea Homes®

March 29, 2018




A new year means new architectural designs are taking over the housing market. So, what will the popular building styles and exterior trends be this year? Martin Reill, a Shea Homes Product Development Manager weighs in with his thoughts on what trends will be big in 2018 and beyond.

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Shea Homes Grillin’ & Chillin’ Event in Vivace Harmony

March 26, 2018
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  On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Shea Homes® invites you to stop by their four furnished model homes in Vivace at Harmony from noon to 3 pm for their Grillin’ & Chillin’ Event. This event is a great way to meet Harmony home owners and see the lifestyle offered in the community. Stop by for […]

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The Growth of the Suburbs & Emergence of “Village Cities”

March 22, 2018




It seems that there is a stigma around this statement, especially with first-time homebuyers or those who have previously always been “city dwellers”, who can’t imagine trading city living for suburbia. However, current research continues to show that, more and more, homebuyers are moving to the suburbs of large metro cities instead of staying within […]

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Experience Theory in Virtual Reality

March 21, 2018




Theory home plans from Shea Homes® are located within the beautiful Innovation master-planned community, which is located adjacent to the new Warm Springs BART Station in Fremont. Check out our latest virtual rendering video of our home plans, then be sure to grab your own set of cardboard virtual reality glasses from our Community Representatives. Theory […]

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