Helpful Tips for Earth Day

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Unfortunately even after 40 years of this celebration, the world is in greater peril than ever. Earth Day 2010 is a great opportunity to get involved and we would like to provide you with some tips on how this can easily be done.

Things You Can Do:

● Use programmable thermostats and recommended temperature and settings.

● Reduce idle electricity use (unplug or shut off unused electronics, set your computer to hibernate, turn off unused lights). Every year, U.S. households spend $100 to power devices while they are in “standby” mode.

● Waste less food.

● Reduce incandescent bulbs with CRL’s.

● Maintain your vehicle properly (oil grade, engine tuning, tire inflation).

● Attend to water leaks and cut heat loss (use caulking/weather stripping).

● Use hot water more efficiently in your home (lower the temperature setting of water heater, wash in cold water, use efficient faucets and showerheads).

● Opt for Energy Star appliances when replacing a refrigerator or dishwasher. 

Some interesting facts and tips for you from simplesteps.com : 

FACT: If a quarter of the households in the United States replaces incandescent with one CFL, it would save as much CO2 as planting 257,215 acres of forest.
TIP: CFL’s with a Kelvin temperature between 3,000k and 3,500k will give off the familiar warm glow of incandescents.

FACT: Up to 50 percent of the average household’s energy consumption goes to heating and cooling the home.
TIP: Seal all window edges and cracks with caulk, reducing the energy consumed to maintain indoor temperature.

FACT: Every year, the U.S. uses 100 billion plastic bags consuming about 12 million barrels of oil.
TIP: When shopping at the grocery store, or even the mall, bring a reusable bag.

FACT: Americans threw away more than 100 million cell phones in 2006. Recycling them could have saved enough energy to power approximately 194,000 U.S. households for one year.
TIP: It’s one of the 3 R’s! Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

In the words of Dr. Seuss in his classic book, “The Lorax”. 

“But now,” says the Once-ler,
“Now that you’re here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.”
 

Let’s help to make this Earth Day the most successful one yet. Happy Earth Day!

Helping the Environment

We are thrilled to announce that based on the number of qualified ENERGY STAR® homes we built in 2009, American West qualified for the ENERGY STAR® for Homes Leadership in Housing Award. 

The great news is that the total number of ENERGY STAR qualified homes in 2009 was equivalent to the following:

● Eliminating the emissions from 45.08 vehicles

● Saving 272,688 lbs. of coal

● Planting 74.52 acres of trees

● Saving homeowners $41,124 on their utility bills. 

American West’s homes are designed with desert living and energy efficiency in mind. Our architects design our homes while considering the environment and energy conservation. 

The environment and energy conservation are extremely important to us as a company which is why our energy-efficient features are included in our homes. These features include a 14-SEER natural gas heat and electric central air-conditioning with Puron®; radiant heat barrier roof sheathing; programmable setback thermostat; R-13 insulation in exterior walls and R-30 insulation in ceilings; Prime-Wrap® house wrap protects your home against air and moisture infiltration; fiberglass front-entry door; vinyl-framed, dual-pane low-e windows and sliding glass door; 50-gallon quick-recovery natural gas water heater; and Super-Flow water management system.

As a builder, we go beyond the ENERGY STAR® certification in that our homes are also certified as Energy Plus. This additional certification means that each home is at least 30 percent more energy efficient than current National Home Building Standards and 15% more energy efficient than homes that qualify only as ENERGY STAR®.” 

As we approach the celebration of Earth Day, rest assured that American West is doing our part in helping the environment.

SNEAK PEEK OF AMERICAN WEST RESERVE

Due to the overwhelming demand we have received regarding our new homes at American West Reserve in Coronado Ranch, we are thrilled to announce that we will be doing a Sneak Peek. The sales office will be open starting Saturday, April 17th.

The masterful collection of new homes showcases the best of what American West has to offer new homebuyers. We have drawn upon two plus decades of construction excellence and signature features to create the ultimate American West community. 

The three brand new American West home designs offer something for everyone. With innovative home designs, attractive amenities and supreme value, it’s easy to see why buyers are excited to make American West Reserve their new home. Prices for the homes start in the $200’s. 

“American West is excited to offer this sneak peek of our newest neighborhood, Reserve at Coronado Ranch. This neighborhood is just an extension of the quality homes that we have been building in Southern Nevada for over 25 years,” Larry Canarelli, president of American West, said. “Reserve’s two-story designs will appeal to today’s buyers who are seeking spacious and affordable new homes.” 

Plan 2492 features four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and a study with 2,492 square feet. The first floor is home to a spacious great room, dining area and gourmet kitchen. 

“You will never be at a loss for space when it comes to entertaining in this home,” said Kate Jacobs, American West Internet Sales Manager. “The study in this home is an optional fifth bedroom, giving families plenty of room to grow.” 

Plan 2769 features four bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, formal dining and living rooms, a family room, dining and upstairs game room. The home measures 2,769 square feet. This home also features the option for a study and an additional bath. 

At 3,019 square feet, Plan 3019 is the largest home available at American West Reserve. The two-story home includes four bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, formal dining and living rooms, a family room and a large upstairs game room. 

There are a number of options in this home that allows families to customize it to their wants and needs. Homebuyers can opt for a guest suite that essentially gives the homeowner a second master bedroom. They can also choose an additional bedroom in lieu of the upstairs game room. 

“The storage in all three of these homes is incredible. The pantries in the gourmet kitchens are enormous and the master bedroom and secondary bedrooms have closets to die for,” said Jacobs. 

All homes at American West Reserve are not only ENERGY STAR® certified but also Energy Plus certified. These certifications mean that your new home is 15% more energy efficient than homes that only qualify as ENERGY STAR® and 30% more energy efficient that current National Home Building Standards.   

“Our architects designed Reserve while considering the environment and energy conservation,” Canarelli said. “In addition to including all the energy-efficient features in each home that allow us to achieve both these certifications, home buyers will discover that many highly desired design features are included in each Reserve home that other builders may consider as ‘upgrades.’” We are conscious to provide what today’s buyers really want in their homes. They definitely get more with their money with the purchase of an American West home.” 

The exceptional value at American West Reserve stretches far beyond the homes, tree-lined streets and magnificent entries. Services and amenities abound in thriving Coronado Ranch. Area schools are the community’s pride and joy. New facilities provide state-of-the-art resources and a full slate of social and athletic activities. Life at American West Reserve is made even easier thanks to a plethora of handy shopping, dining, recreation and easy 215 Beltway freeway access. 

As one of the nation’s most successful privately owned homebuilders, American West has been providing homes for the families of Southern Nevada since 1984. From innovative design and superior construction, to homeowner satisfaction, American West’s homes offer exceptional quality and the best value per square foot of any home builder in Southern Nevada. 

To visit American West Reserve, take the 215-Beltway to Rainbow. Exit south on Rainbow. Turn east (left) on Wigwam. Entrance to community is on the right side of the street. Sales office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

For more information on American West Reserve or any of American West’s other communities, visit www.AmericanWestHomes.com or call (702) 308-1111.

Plan 2492

Plan 2492

 

    

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