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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

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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) efficiency?

  1. Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
  2. During the heating season, keep window coverings on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  3. If you have a heat pump, don’t set back its thermostat manually if it causes the electric resistance heating to come on. This type of heating, which is often used as a backup to the heat pump, is more expensive.
  4. Clean or change air filters once every four to six weeks to keep your HVAC running efficiently.
  5. Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  6. Buy ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs or LED light bulbs. They will save you about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime and reduce the cost to cool your home since they produce 75% less heat than incandescent bulbs.
  7. Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones from plates. Soaking or prewashing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.
  8. Set your sprinklers on a timer so they don’t run longer than needed.
  9. Purchase a water filter or boxed water instead of bottled to reduce plastic waste.
  10. Send your kids out to play in the sprinklers when they are already scheduled to be on.
  11. Open your windows at night when the weather is nice to keep your A/C from running.
  12. During the cooling season, keep window coverings on your south-facing widows closed during the hottest parts of the day to prevent extra heat from coming in.
  13. Unplug your chargers when they aren’t in use. Most chargers continue to draw electricity if they are plugged in.
  14. In the summer, grill instead of roasting meat and veggies to keep the house cool.
  15. And lastly, turn off the lights in a room as you leave.

Do you have any ideas of one-minute ways to save on energy costs at home? Comment below or leave a post on Facebook!


Can’t-Miss Green Features at Shea Homes AZ

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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. Here are some of the exciting energy efficient features you can expect from your new Shea Home:


ENERGY STAR Certification

All Shea Homes in Arizona are ENERGY STAR certified, which mean they are built with energy efficiency in mind and save homeowners up to 30% over typical homes on the market. In fact, our homes go above and beyond the ENERGY STAR Certification, which is why we call them High Performance Homes. Want to learn more about ENERGY STAR? Check out this previous blog post, One Big Secret to Energy Cost Savings.

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Environments for Living Designation

One way that Shea Homes go above and beyond ENERGY STAR is by earning the Environments for Living (EFL) Designation. A third party tests each home throughout the build to ensure the home is exceptionally energy efficient. EFL means that you, the homeowner, have a 2-year guarantee that your energy bill will not exceed a certain amount. You can learn more about how you can save money with an EFL designated home here!

So how does a Shea Home stand up to these incredible energy efficiency standards? Check out these great home features that make it possible:

*Not all features are offered in every community or plan. Please talk to your community representative about any questions you have for a specific community.

For more information on energy efficient living at 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 about all things homebuilding on our YouTube channel.


One Big Secret to Energy Cost Savings

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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 proud of the partnerships we cultivate and nurture, and so proud of the Shea Homes Arizona team for working so hard to make these 534 energy-efficient homes happen.


Not sure what ENERGY STAR® means? It’s one of the most important partnerships we have here at Shea Homes, and we’ll explain why:

Ever wonder what the big secret to saving on your energy bill is? Start from the beginning. Building from the ground up, gives you the opportunity to invest in an ENERGY STAR® certified home at Shea Homes.

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

Did you know that Shea Homes, which carry the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today. That means 20-30 percent of your current bill could be going to something else!

Together, families who purchased homes earning the ENERGY STAR label save more than $350 million each year on their utility bills.

Purchasing a new home is a big investment, so it’s important to know that your home is built to last. ENERGY STAR certified homes are designed and built to include value-adding energy efficiency features and a combination of materials and equipment that deliver better performance.

ENERGY STAR Certified Homes are built with:

Many of these features are behind walls, in the attic, and under the foundation. But these hidden details have an impact on the experience of living in an ENERGY STAR certified home. The decision to buy an ENERGY STAR certified new home is a decision to invest in a home you can count on.

But don’t take our word for it! Hear from real homeowners why ENERGY STAR certified homes are better!

For more information on energy efficient living at 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 about all things homebuilding on our YouTube channel.


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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