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Holiday Outings in the Desert

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 15, 2017

Holiday Outings in the DesertThe holidays are here and that means there are festivities all around the Valley for the whole family to enjoy. We put together a list of some of the events taking place this month and into the New Year. Shea Homes® wishes you peace, and joy this holiday season!

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Through December 30, 2017

Stroll the pathways of the Desert Botanical Garden as it glows with over 8,000 hand-lit Luminaria bags. Don’t miss out on a warm cup of cider or cocoa with the family as you walk the elegant garden trails. For more information, visit: https://www.dbg.org/events/las-noches-de-las-luminarias-0

ZooLights

Through January 14, 2018

See the animals come to life through lighted displays at the Phoenix Zoo. Walk the park while looking at the glimmering lights while trying to spot dinosaurs in the desert. Ride the camels and the carousel, too. For more fun, visit: http://www.phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/.

Ballet Arizona’s The Nutcracker

Through December 24, 2017

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic of The Nutcracker as it illuminates the stage at the Phoenix Symphony with more than 150 performers. Truly a holiday tradition. For more information, visit: http://balletaz.org/performance/the-nutcracker-2017/

Lights of the World Lantern Festival

Through January 2, 2018

Explore the Arizona State Fairgrounds as it fills with Chinese traditional lanterns, state-of-the-art technology, and lights galore. Enjoy the culture, cuisine, and entertainment for the whole family. For more information, visit: https://lightsoftheworldus.com/

Christmas at the Princess

Through December 31, 2017

Skate and twirl around in the ice skating rink, and enjoy the resort’s holiday-themed spectacle. Spot the lights on more than 100 trees, the 14-foot poinsettias, the large-scale toy soldiers, and more. For more information, visit: http://www.fairmont.com/scottsdale/promotions/christmas-at-the-princess/

Christmas in Color

Through December 30, 2017

Lights and holiday music! Stay warm and cozy in your car as you make your way through this Christmas tunnel at Goodyear Ballpark. It is truly a Willy Wonka–like attraction that will wrap you in a magical display of animated lights, giant candy canes, snowmen, and holiday creatures. For more information, visit: http://christmasincolor.net/

Glendale Glitters

Through January 6, 2018

Year after year Glendale Glitters dazzles the crowds every Friday and Saturday night of the holiday season with concerts, food, horse- drawn carriages, and twinkling lights decorating all of downtown. For more information, visit: https://www.glendaleaz.com/glitters/

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15 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint in One-Minute

by Shea Homes Arizona on September 4, 2015

One-Minute
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!

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