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10 Features in an Eco-Friendly Home

by Susan Quilty on 19 Comments

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Solar panels are a great way to cut down on energy use in the home. Shea Homes is offering solar panels on their Green Certified Homes in their Trilogy active adult communities.

Baby Boomers know that green living is more than a current trend. Living in an eco-friendly home reduces your carbon footprint, helps sustain our natural resources, and saves money on your energy bills. Active adult community builders, such as Shea Homes, understand the desire for green living and provide eco-friendly communities that make energy efficiency and sustainable resources a top priority.

Trilogy Communities by Shea Homes can be found in Arizona, California, Washington and Florida. These communities offer Shea Green Certified Homes which can provide up to 60 percent in annual energy savings and reduce your carbon footprint by up to 48 percent.

These eco-friendly environments also provide the same amenities as other leading active adult communities. For example, Trilogy at La Quinta in California offers features such as a 21,000 square foot clubhouse, state of the art fitness center, 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, arts and crafts studios, and a variety of social clubs.

In addition to the many recreational and social amenities, active adult communities that focus on green living also provide many of the following eco-friendly features:

1. Solar Panels — Take advantage of living in a sunny climate with a BP Solar Power Generation System that converts all that sunshine into usable household energy.

2. Energy Star Appliances — Energy Star appliances are up to 40 percent more efficient than standard appliances which is great for both your energy bill and the environment.

3. High Efficiency, Water Conserving Appliances — From high efficiency water heaters and washing machines to low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets, there are many ways to significantly cut down on your water consumption.

4. Dual Pane, Low-Emittance Windows — Low-emittance windows provide optimal insulation for greater efficiency of your heating and cooling systems while also blocking UV rays which can damage your belongings.

5. Energy Efficient Air Conditioning — By opting for a 14-SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) system, you can cool your home more effectively while saving money on your electric bill.

6. Energy Efficient Lighting — In addition to the savings of Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) in light fixtures, modern dimmer switches are 10 percent more efficient, and occupancy sensor light switches can be set to automatically turn off lights in an empty room.

7. Certified Wood from Sustainable Forests — Using building materials from forests that are actively being renewed helps protect our world for generations to come.

8. Blown-in Cellulose Wall Insulation — Most homes are built with sheets of insulation, but using blown-in insulation more efficiently packs in every gap. Additionally, cellulose is non-toxic and can increase a home’s fire resistance by 22 to 57 percent.

9. Fresh Air Ventilation System — Modern fresh air ventilation systems improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by pumping fresh, filtered air in and vents out carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Shea Homes even include ventilation systems in closets to prevent the build up of chemicals from dry-cleaned clothes.

10. Satellite Controlled Sprinkler Systems — The WeatherTRAK Water Resource Management System lets you conserve water while efficiently watering your lawn by using satellites to stay in touch with local weather conditions and only turn the sprinklers on as needed.

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  1. My Shea home has such poor insulation qualities that it amazes me that Shea Homes uses the word “Green”. Does Green mean “Green Money” out the walls and roof?
    The entire Shea Trilogy Glen Ivy Community in Corona, California has issues with freezing cold 2nd bedrooms. The 2nd bedrooms are located to the front corner of most models and everyone complains of how cold this area of the house is. There appears to be no insulation where the slope of the roof in narrow in depth over these rooms. The roof members have blocked the installation of ceiling insulation. Very bad construction. This is a serious defect that Shea won’t address! I am in my second home here. We need recourse for 1300 homeowners!
    Kaleb Drive, Corona, CA 92883

  2. Jesus, I mean really its not that had to figure out. Being “Green” is pretty easy. Don’t waste water, turn off your faucets and get those little squiggly light bulbs. Science has proved that if we don’t change our ways then our atmosphere will slowly deteriorate. So we need to use less pollution and get an eco friendly house. THat was all I have to say even though it may not have made much sense. Some people are idiots when they complain about houses like how cold an area is. Whatever they just have sucky priorities.

  3. All about eco but eco can be equally crazy aka bio bssed corn goods/eucalytus, ,deforestating habitat for acidic cedar boxes for high h20 foliage hazardous for dogs and cats and attracts nutterflies but doesnt feed,deforestation and energy foliage depletion for eco goods, upcycling goods equally crazy during handling, cutting good foliage for ac, cows high carbon footprint, concrete close high dense areas

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