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5 Quick Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

by Shea Homes Arizona on August 10, 2018

 

When the temperature spikes, you expect that your energy bill does too – especially when the thermometer is pushing 120. The good news for Shea Homes® homeowners is that with ENERGY STAR appliances, you can be confident that your bill won’t make you make you consider turning up the thermostat to uncomfortable temperatures just to save some money. But there are a few simple switches any homeowner can make to shave a few dollars off their bill each month. Remember, a few little changes can add up to big savings!
Energy Efficiency - Ways to Save1. Check for Open Windows or Doors

If all that cool air your unit is producing isn’t staying inside, you’ll be feeling like there is a crack in your wallet, not just your doors. Check each window and doors, especially the door to the garage to make sure each are fully closed..

2. 78 is Great

We all know to turn the thermostat up when we leave for work during the day, but it’s important not to try to turn your house into an ice box as soon as you get back. 78 degrees is the oft quoted sweet-spot for keeping your house comfortable without draining the bank. Try cooling things down further with either standing or ceiling fans – they’re much more efficient than turning down the air even a few degrees.

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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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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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One Big Secret to Energy Cost Savings

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 7, 2017

Energy Star CertifiedAs a family homebuilder, we strive to be a leader in innovation, customer care and overall, in enhancing lives so that families can wake up and start their days in a safe, comfortable living environment. Throughout the year in the desert, and especially in the summer months as temperatures begin to rise to new heights, comfort comes in the form of cool AC & energy efficient homes that don’t break the bank when the electric bill comes in.

That is why we partner with Energy Star®, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. The program’s mission is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. They also work to make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on monthly energy bills—all of this without sacrificing the performance and desired features of the appliances or the comfort of the consumer.

ENERGY STAR certified new homes are said to offer better energy efficiency and performance compared to other homes, making them a better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow.

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4 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at Home

April 21, 2017

Looking for a few easy ways to celebrate Earth Day that doesn’t involve planting a tree or leaving the comfort of your own home? Here are a few ways to embrace energy efficiency this Earth Day. You’ll be doing the planet a favor, and helping your budget too! So give yourself a double dose of […]

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Harmony Homes at Sage – Coming Soon!

January 3, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice to come home from work, meditate on the yoga lawn, play bocce with friends, and pick fresh vegetables from the community garden? All of this is the reality of life at Sage in Livermore, CA by Shea Homes®. The latest collection of homes at Sage, Harmony, will be available to purchase starting in […]

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Take a Virtual Tour of Beach House at The Dunes®

November 8, 2016
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  With an incredible coastal location, less than 1 mile from Monterey Bay, The Dunes®  by Shea Homes® offers leisure opportunities galore. You’re near the Monterey Peninsula, featuring the charming village of Carmel-By-The-Sea, along with Monterey’s world famous aquarium and music festivals. Spectacular golf courses abound, including the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links and The Links […]

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Meadow Walk Model Homes Now Open!

July 19, 2016

Hundreds of guests flocked to these gorgeous new model homes at the Meadow Walk Grand Opening Celebration on July 9th at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. Check out the PHOTO ALBUM to see all the fun we had! Did you miss the big day? Don’t worry, it’s not too late to come take a tour. Three stunning new […]

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Meadow Walk Grand Opening at Bay Meadows July 9th!

June 20, 2016

Join us for the Meadow Walk by Shea Homes® Grand Opening Celebration at Bay Meadows. The event takes place in San Mateo on Saturday, July 9th from 10AM to 2PM for fun and refreshments! Bring your family and friends to come tour 3 stunning new model homes. RSVP on Facebook for interior design sneak peeks!

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Sage Model Homes Now Open in Livermore!

June 13, 2016

  The wait is finally over! The first model homes at Sage by Shea Homes® in Livermore are now open to tour. ​Our interior designers have been working hard to showcase these 6 stunning new home plans. Tranquility plans 1, 2 and 3, and Balance plans 2, 4 and 5 have been furnished in a fun and […]

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