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.

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Shea Homes announces national partnership with GE Appliances

by Shea Homes Arizona on April 9, 2015

Just last month, we at Shea Homes announced an exciting, new national partnership with GE Appliances!   As the country’s largest privately held builder of new homes, we strongly value stylish, quality products and superior services; GE Appliances’ morals and values align with Shea Homes’, making for a fitting partnership.

GE’s rich history stems back to 1892 when Thomas Edison (who discovered the incandescent electric lamp) merged his Edison General Electric Company with the prominent Thomson-Houston Company to form GE. Since then, GE has been known for innovation, quality & value. Also for more than 50 years, the GE Foundation has generously given to strengthen educational access, equity, and quality for disadvantaged youthge1 globally.

“At Shea Homes, we’re dedicated to offering innovative, fresh, new design options,” said Ken Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing. “We chose GE as our national appliance partner because of the company’s design aesthetic as well as our shared commitment to quality, value, and customer service.”

This partnership means Shea Homes design centers and communities across California, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington will now offer a selection of GE appliances to new home buyers.

A few of the appliances include top-of-the-line built-in cooktops, built-in combination microwave and thermal wall oven and dishwasher with hidden controls. Features included in the built-in cooktop are:

  • Ceramic-glass cooktop for a quick and easy cleanup
  • Ribbon heating elements – consistent heat and glass surface provide fast, even heating
  • Five heating elements that offer flexibility (3x 6”/9”/12” and 2x 5”/8”)
  • Bridge elements that combines cooking elements into one cooking areage2
  • Heavy-duty knobs for enhance durability and style
  • Stainless steel frame that compliments all other stainless steel appliance offer by GE in the kitchen
  • Features included in the built-in combination microwave and thermal wall oven are:
  • 1.7 cubic-feet microwave capacity (1000 Watts)
  • Sensor cooking controls that provide a built-in sensor in the upper microwave that automatically calculates and adjusts cooking times and power levels for favorite foods
  • 16-inch turntable that rotates food throughout the cooking cycle for even cooking results
  • Self-clean with Steam Clean options in the lower oven that lets you clean your oven the way you want
  • Self-clean heavy-duty oven racks in the lower oven that conveniently clean your oven and racks together
  • Glass touch controls where you can set temperatures quickly and clean with little effort

And lastly, the dishwasher with hidden controls includes:

  • GE’s most advanced wash system that consistently cleans and dries dishes with 65% more wash power compared to previous GE models.
  • Pirahna hard food disposer with removable filter; to ensure consistently clean items, this stainless steel blade rotates at 3,600 RPM to pulverize food particles and help prevent large particles from clogging the wash arms.ge3
  • Steam PreWash – Loosens tough soils before and cycle, virtually eliminating the need for soaking or pre-rinsing dishes.
  • Easy Access Silverware Baskets – To help make loading silverware and small items easy, two baskets offer plenty of space, while Dedicated Silverware Jets ensure table-ready results
  • Adjustable upper rack fits plates up to 101;2” and other tall items in the upper rack is possible with an adjustment
  • Wash Your Way customizable rack – Easy loading and unloading is assured with the ability to configure the lower wash basket tines based on your kitchen layout

For more information on Shea Homes and what we’re up to at the Arizona division, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, get inspired with us on Pinterest, and learn all things homebuilding on our YouTube channel. To learn more about GE Appliances, please visit


Home Features of the Future

by Shea Homes Northern California on February 5, 2013


The NAHB International Builder’s Show was held in Las Vegas this year and it was a smashing success. Builders from all over the world attended learning about new products, gaining great incite and even winning some awards. As a result we were introduced to some pretty interesting items that may give us a glimpse into home building’s future.

Some of this year’s product winners included:

The Wall Street Journal pointed out other notable, forward-thinking, products shown on the floor. With an emphasis on eco-friendly appliances, these items could very well revolutionize our home features and set the standards with products like multi-tasking appliances and portable fireplaces.

  • The Hot Fridge – while this fridge offers ice and cold water this GE appliance also boasts the ability to produce hot water as well.

    • Portable fireplaces – EcoSmart has designed an appliance that produces 8 to 10 inch flames and emits a surprisingly amount of heat. They are not legally considered fireplaces under building code so they are acceptable for use in most apartments as well.

    • Compact Generators – GE Generator systems now offers an 8kw generator that can be displayed as close as 18 inches from the home, which is notably the smallest generator in it’s class.

    • The USB Outlet – many devices are now powered by USB, Leviton has added two USB ports to its wall box allowing mobile users to eliminate lugging around the charging device and plugging their USB cable straight into the wall.

  • The All-in-one Grill – Fire Magic managed to cram a smoker, rotisserie oven and barbecue all into one high-tech and eye catching space. Eliminating the pilot light altogether, the main grill lights use a hot-surface ignition system instead (much like your hairdryer does).

These are just some of the innovative items featured at this year’s NAHB show. Can you think of any futuristic or forward-thinking products you’d like to see in your home? Let us know in the comments!

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