The Best Ways to Save on Summer Utility Bills

The Best Ways to Save on Summer Utility Bills

Posted 06/26/2017

In an effort to beat Arizona’s notorious summer heat, some homeowners try dialing their air conditioning thermostats as low as they can go.

But that kind of comfort can carry a high price, especially without the benefit of owning an energy-efficient home.

Cost, comfort and climate are all important factors in building Maracay Homes. We understand that energy-efficient homes are not only great for the environment but also easy on your pocketbook. That’s why, for more than a decade, we’ve strived to build the most energy-efficient homes in the Valley.

Here’s a closer look:

LivingSmart
Our commitment to sustainability began with the introduction of our LivingSmart® program, now designed to include five core components: EnergySmart, HealthSmart, EarthSmart, WaterSmart and HomeSmart.

With EnergySmart®, we incorporate the latest technology to reduce a home’s energy consumption. For instance, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems work to reduce overall electrical usage. The homes also come equipped with smart thermostats, which allow residents to connect via phone or tablet to control the home’s temperature with the touch of a button, whether at home or away.

LEED
LEED Certified homes use up to 30 to 50 percent less energy than typical homes, thanks to features like water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, Energy Star appliances and Wi-Fi enabled, programmable thermostats. Earlier this year, Maracay began building homes that will be registered with the the U.S. Green Building Council, a third-party rating system that verifies compliance across several areas addressing sustainability, with the goal of earning the LEED Certified designation. Not to mention, all of Maracay’s LEED Certified homes meet the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS specifications, ensuring each home has the highest quality of indoor air.

ENERGY STAR
Maracay was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a 2014 Energy Star Certified Homes Market Leader. And, for good reason. All of our homes are Energy Star certified by a third-party to ensure they are up to 30 percent more efficient than typical new homes. Notable features include effective insulation system, high-performance windows and properly sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment.