Green Living

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

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 21, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day at Home

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 green this weekend by checking your home to make sure it is a lean, mean energy efficient machine!

Seal Air Ducts

Check for cracks around windows, doors, and electrical outlets that are located on an exterior wall.

Prevent Leaking

Check sink, dishwasher and refrigerator water lines for leaks or deterioration and replace any items that appear worn. Check water heater or rust, which may indicate a leak.

Check for Cracks

Using incense or a smoke stick can help you find smaller cracks. Watch where the smoke goes to see if any air is escaping your home.

Add weather stripping

Putting weather stripping around doors and windows can save you 10% on your heating and cooling bill and prevent energy from being wasted.

Want to go even further? Update your light bulbs to LED and install a low-flow showerhead. Mother earth will thank you!

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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




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 at […]

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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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Plan before you plant.

May 26, 2016




  Is it a mere coincidence that plan precedes plant in the dictionary? We think not. As any master gardener will tell you, a thoughtful plan is as indispensable a tool as, say, your gardening spade. And, as any sun-starved gardener will tell you, the snowy/rainy days of early spring are the perfect time to […]

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