energy efficiency

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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New Homes in Gilbert Now Open!

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 1, 2017

Compass at Recker Pointe in Gilbert - Gorgeous Interiors

The last of Shea Homes® three communities at Recker Pointe in Gilbert, Arizona is open! Compass at Recker Pointe offers 3 innovative, two-story homes with large great rooms, versatile lofts and spacious bedrooms. These courtyard villas are stand-alone homes with private backyards and a shared tumbled paver auto court. These homes range from approx. 2,088- 2,197 sq ft. offering 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5-3.5 baths.

Compass at Recker Pointe - Exterior Architecture

Recker Pointe is composed of three communities, Inspire, Ambition, and Compass all located at the southwest corner of Ray and Recker Roads, just a half mile from the San Tan/ Loop 202 Freeway and situated close to entertainment, shopping, dining, and recreation.

Come check out this beautiful community today or we invite you to visit the Shea Homes website where you can explore homes in all of our communities throughout metro Phoenix.

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With fall comes football, pumpkins and grand openings at Shea Homes®! We are so excited to announce our next grand opening at Ambition, the first of our three communities at Recker Pointe in Gilbert, Arizona to open on October 7th at 10:00 AM.

Located at the southwest corner of Ray and Recker Roads this new Shea3D® community is offering four distinctive floor plans for all your needs, allowing you to choose the main living space that fits your lifestyle with floor plans ranging from approx. 1,710- 2,991 sq ft.

Let’s take a deeper look at the four floor plans Ambition at Recker Point has to offer.

1. Desire
Desire Floor PlanDesire offers a single level split floor plan with 2 car garage and approx. 1,710 sq. ft. giving plenty of room for 2 bedrooms plus den that could easily be converted to a 3rd bedroom. Some highlighted features of this space is the remarkable master bath with a mega shower and the expansive covered patio.

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Coming Soon – What you need to know about Recker Pointe in Gilbert, Arizona

September 15, 2017

 It’s been a busy summer for Shea Homes®! We are so excited about the land purchase, construction completion, and grand opening of each new community, as it gives us the opportunity to provide you with a home that meets your needs and allows us to welcome you to the Shea family, no matter where you […]

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Shea Homes® Makes Life Simpler With Smart Home Technology Options

August 18, 2017

Shea Homes Arizona offers a variety of options when it comes to automating your home with smart technology. Whether you’re looking for one or two smart features or a fully integrated system which includes everything from keyless entry to remote control of audio, lights, thermostat and appliances, we are ready to help you select the […]

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Shea Homes®AZ Grand Opening of Models on July 1st at Evolve at Cantilena in Peoria

June 23, 2017

You’re invited to tour our model homes at the grand opening of our newest community, Evolve at Cantilena. Join us at starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 9526 W Park View Lane, Peoria, AZ 85383. Explore the four floor plans, Flourish (4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage), Renew (4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, […]

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Model Grand Opening at The Reserves in Gilbert

May 5, 2017

We would like to cordially invite to join us at The Reserves at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6th for the grand opening of our model homes! Shea Homes® is very excited to introduce you to our newest community full of options – to truly make it your own. The Reserves is a gated community, with tree-lined streets, located […]

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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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2017 Sneak Peek: What’s in Store for Shea Homes® Arizona in the Coming Year

December 30, 2016

  It has been a busy year for us here at Shea Homes® Arizona. We opened four new communities: the modern gated community of 24 North in North Phoenix, the beautiful Carino Villas condominiums in Chandler, the luxurious Vantage condos in Ahwatukee, and the Shea 3D community Ambition at Eastmark in Mesa. And while it’s […]

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