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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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Introducing Barcelona, A New 55+ Community Coming to the East Bay Area!

by Shea Homes Active Lifestyle on April 19, 2018

 

Have you heard the news? We’re thrilled to announce that Shea Homes® is developing a new 55+ community in Northern California offering stunning townhomes at a great value!

Barcelona will be intimate in size and feature a collection of townhome plans ranging from ~1,295 to ~2,142 square feet, with 2 to 3 bedrooms, 2 to 3 bathrooms, and a 2-car garage. These attached single-story floorplans are thoughtfully designed, each available with a loft option.

Conveniently located close to Mount Diablo State Park with easy access to the great outdoors, yet just an hour’s drive from San Francisco, this intimate community is part of the charming city of Brentwood, with a vibrant retail and dining scene, and farmers’ markets that have made the town an agri-tourism destination.

Be sure to join the interest list to get all of the latest info on Barcelona, our newest 55+ community in Northern California! We expect a high level of interest, so you’ll be among the first to learn about pricing, floorplans, homesite releases, fun events, and more!

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Origin at Gateway Quarter

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Shea Homes® Arizona is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of Gateway Quarter, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on April 14, 2018 at the S.E. corner of Ellsworth and Germann Road in Queen Creek, AZ. This new development, offering stunning views of the Superstition Mountains, is made up of three diverse communities – Aperture, Emblem, and Origin. Those looking for modern living without the hustle of the city will find their personal Shangri-la at Gateway Quarter. With 9 models opening, come stroll through these thoughtfully designed spaces and experience the Shea difference for yourself.

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Awesomefest - April 13 and 14 at EastmarkPeer ahead in your calendar.

Do you see that? The luminous sheen over next Friday and Saturday? The glowing lights, the live music, the smell of roasted pecans mingling with the tantalizing smells of a dozen food trucks? It can only be one thing…

AWESOMEFEST! And this year, Eastmarks’ annual bash has too much awesome for just one night, so for the first time ever the festivities will overflow into TWO nights of fun! (April 13 is for residents only and April 14 is open to the public.)

Things kick off on the April 13 with AwesomeEve, a residents-only shindig for the young and young at heart alike. Kids will get the chance to dance and play with the Be Kind Crew, a local group of young leaders who promote kindness through personal expression, spoken word poetry, and urban dance. Together they’ll create a routine that the kids will perform on Saturday night, right in the heart of AwesomeFest! Meanwhile, as dusk paints the Superstitions in pale zinfandel light, adults will be settling around farmhouse tables for a family-style, chef-prepared dinner. Enjoy farm-fresh produce from Erich Shultz of Steadfast Farms, specialty local wines and craft beers, as well as live music and stimulating conversation as the stars come out to look on with envy.

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How to Make your Garden Pop this Spring

March 30, 2018




  Blooming season is here! With average temperatures in the high 70s, you might be getting the itch to get your hands in the dirt and do some spring planting. We asked Christine Fortman at Berridge Nurseries if she could share some Spring gardening tips.  What should we be planting in Arizona this time of […]

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Faces of Shea: Meet Justin Susnik, Community Representative at Ambition at Recker Pointe

March 23, 2018




    Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting some of Shea Homes® Arizona’s amazing Community Representatives. As the faces of Shea, our team members pride themselves on their knowledge and passion for helping buyers find a space perfectly suited to their lifestyle. This month we chat with Justin Susnik, from Ambition at Recker […]

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Pre-sales for Shea Homes® Gateway Quarter New Homes

March 16, 2018




  Pre-sales for new Shea Homes Gateway Quarter communities in Queen Creek to begin in March. For three years running, Queen Creek has been recognized as one of the best places in the Valley to work (Phoenix Business Journal), and thanks to Shea Homes®, soon there will be new places to live too. With a […]

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Quick Patio Upgrades just in Time for Spring Entertaining

March 9, 2018




  We Arizonans are basking in gorgeous spring-like weather. Whether you want a place to sip your iced tea in style, or you’re looking to create a backyard retreat for a series of soirees, we have you covered. These patio upgrades will make your backyard the place everyone wants to hang out. Geometric Outdoor Rug […]

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Skylark in La Habra Coming Soon!

March 6, 2018




  Is the townhome life calling your name? Shea Homes® is excited to announce that we have a whole new collection of townhomes coming soon to the vibrant city of La Habra, one of the few new home construction projects to take place in the area! Skylark will feature three-story attached, single-family homes for homebuyers […]

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99.9 KEZ and Shea Homes® Arizona Present 2017 Woman of the Year Award

March 2, 2018




  Beth McDonald and Ken Peterson of Shea Homes Congratulate 2017 Woman of the Year, Elizabeth Singleton. For the past three years, Shea Homes® has partnered with 99.9 KEZ to present the Beth McDonald Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes extraordinary local women and the immense impact they’ve had on their communities. On Thursday, […]

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