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2019 has arrived, and you’ve laid out all your New Year’s resolutions that will launch you into a happier, healthier year. But have you put together any New Year’s resolutions for your home? With plenty of research on the impact your environment has on your well-being, one of the best things you can do to support all your personal resolutions is to make sure your home is just as happy as you are. We’ve put together a list of four New Year’s Home Resolutions to get you off on the right foot.

Streamline and Minimize
Streamline and MinimizeA year is a lot of time to gather junk. It’s swallowing that one kitchen drawer, overtaking your nightstand, and launching a quiet coup d’état in the corners of your closet. So, before you find yourself on an episode of Hoarders, make the choice to pare down everything that’s cohabiting with you. Clothes, decorations, and knick-knacks that you use every once in a while, can be donated to make a larger impact on someone else’s life while leaving you more time and space to enjoy the items that actually bring you joy. And somehow the process of decluttering your home seems to declutter your mind – seems like a win-win to start the year, right? Plus, if you’re planning to move into a new Shea Home soon, eliminating miscellaneous items will make the move that much simpler.

Add Some Florals
Add FloralsAfter you’ve purged your home of the clutter, you may find some surfaces like desks and counters suddenly looking barren. It’s the perfect time for a trip to your local nursery! The simple addition of some flowers and plants to your favorite rooms can have a surprisingly dramatic effect on the mood of a space. And as far as 2019 design trends go, it’s one of the most affordable upgrades you can do. Not only will plants liven up your living spaces, but their air purifying qualities could do your lungs a favor too.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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 tend to save more each year on utility bills. But there’s always more you can do! Take your mother’s advice and turn off the lights whenever you leave a room; turn your water heater down a few degrees and wash your clothes in cold water. Small changes can lead to big savings, and this is one resolution that helps everyone on the planet.

A Family DIY
Foster Family RelationshipsIf fostering your closest relationships is one of your resolutions, this is a great way to bring your family together. Whether it’s starting a garden in the backyard, building the game room of your kids’ dreams, or fresh paint in the bedrooms, a family project is a bonding experience that will leave everyone with new skills and a renewed appreciation for your home.

What are some of your home resolutions this year? Let us know below! For everything else Shea Homes Arizona, visit www.sheahomes.com/newhomes/phoenix/.

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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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Energy Star Certified

We’re excited to toot our own horn and let you all know about our latest award! Shea Homes® Arizona has earned an ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes Market Leader Award, recognizing our commitment to providing homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes, our work to promote energy efficient construction, and our success in giving our new homeowners the peace of mind, quality, comfort, and value that come with living in an ENERGY STAR certified home.

In 2015, Shea Homes – AZ contributed:

ENERGY STAR certified homes*

(cue the applause!)

So what exactly does that mean for the environment? According to ENERGY STAR, this is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 954 metric tons, or:

Energy Star Impact

And what exactly is an ENERGY STAR home?

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15 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in One-Minute

September 4, 2015

We’re all busy, and sometimes making changes to reduce our personal energy use sounds like a lot of time we don’t have to spend. But after a little digging, we found fifteen ways that every home can reduce it’s energy use and each one takes less than a minute! How’s that for time (and energy) […]

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Can’t-Miss Green Features at Shea Homes AZ

May 1, 2015

Gone are the days when going green meant hugging trees and giving up personal comfort. Today, going green is as easy as relaxing at home—in a Shea Home, that is. At Shea Homes, we are always looking for new ways to make it simple for you to go green and save on your energy costs. […]

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One Big Secret to Energy Cost Savings

April 17, 2015

As 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. We were so honored to be recognized as the 2015 ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes Market Leader Award. We are so […]

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Cathedralized Attic Insulation: Save 25% on heating and cooling at two of our West Valley communities near closing out!

October 11, 2013

Over the last decade new home construction has changed in many positive ways with energy efficiency leading the way.  New homes are now constructed to be more efficient than ever before.  Here are a few features from the ENERGY STAR® website which we build into our homes: Effective Insulation High-Performance Windows Tight Construction and Ducts Efficient Heating […]

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