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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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Model Grand Opening at The Reserves in Gilbert

by Shea Homes Arizona on May 5, 2017

The Reserves Opening May 6thWe 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 in Gilbert, Arizona and offers amenities such as outdoor fireplaces, covered patios, pools, billiards rooms and even outdoor bars – making these homes ideal for entertaining.

The Reserves community offers four floor plans – all single story – with spacious 10 to 12 ft. celling’s. There are three main architectural styles — Spanish, Adobe Ranch and Hill Country. Homes within the community are Energy Star 3.0 rated, Environments for Living guaranteed and range from approximately 3,282-3,983 sq. ft. with prices from $499,990.

For more information about the community and each of the floor plans, visit:  http://www.sheahomes.com/community/thereserves/

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

by Shea Homes Arizona on January 13, 2017

New Year's Resolutions for Your HomeNow that the chaos of the holidays is over, many of us are hungry for change and a fresh start. A new year is the perfect place to implement new habits & routines to live the life you have always wanted and to reach the goals that you have set. These new habits usually include healthy eating and more exercise, but we would argue that home improvement and care is just as important (your home is where you do most of your living after all!). As you take a look at the coming year with a fresh set of eyes, here are a few New Year’s resolutions for your home: 

Remove Excess

Put your house on a diet by getting rid of the junk! Schedule a day to take a good, hard look at all of the things you own, recall the last time you used them, the likelihood that you will use them within the next six months and the value that they bring to your life and your home. If you find items that haven’t been used in ages, that you aren’t likely to use in the near future and that don’t serve a specific purpose in your life or home, put them in a pile and let them go. This practice is simple, yet life-changing when you experience the mental space that is cleared up by simply decluttering. 

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Ready for the easy breezy lifestyle that comes with condo ownership? Shea Homes® invites you to visit our newest condo community, Vantage. These ageless, luxury condos are nestled in the Ahwatukee foothills in a gated complex off Chandler Boulevard and 5th Avenue at 15550 S. 5th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85045 (map).
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Shea Homes Arizona Recognized with a 2016 Market Leader Award from ENERGY STAR

April 29, 2016




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 […]

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You’re Invited to Shea Homes Arizona’s Newest Community: Ambition at Eastmark in Mesa

March 4, 2016




Now is the perfect time to hop in the car and head straight for Shea Homes Mesa’s newest community, Ambition at Eastmark. Here, our beautiful model homes await you. Explore a variety of Shea3D floor plans that allow you to configure a home layout that best suits your lifestyle – whether you love to entertain, […]

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Green Your Home (Even if You Lack a Green Thumb) with a Terrarium

February 26, 2016




How to Create A Terrarium for Your Home Want to bring some green into your home, but lack the confidence to take on the responsibility of a houseplant? Good news! Terrariums with cacti or succulents are easy (and fool-proof!) ways to get the beauty of enjoyment of a houseplant, even if you are a known […]

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Essential Green Spring Cleaning Tips to Make Your Home Sparkle

February 19, 2016




It’s the perfect time of year to throw open the windows, grab your cleaning supplies and get your spring cleaning on. Here are some of our favorite ways to get things squeaky clean without exposing our families to harsh chemicals. First things first. Grab your shopping list: Distilled White Vinegar Baking Soda Olive Oil Borax […]

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Energy Efficiency and Your Home – Infographic

January 27, 2016




  Energy Efficiency has been a huge buzzword in the home building industry lately. The team here at Shea Homes of Charlotte compiled this infographic to help those homeowners, and home buyers, who are energy conscious navigate the waters… or should we say the currents?  

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An Entertainment-Centric Shea Home + 5 Hostess Tips = A Fabulous Party!

November 6, 2015




When you live in a Shea Homes entertainment-centric home, it’s easy to find reasons to throw a party. We know some new Shea homeowners who feel compelled to join a book club, just so they can entertain! Others suddenly find themselves celebrating every family member’s half-birthday – cake and all. No matter what the occasion, […]

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