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Old 06-12-2009, 03:53 AM
 
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My wife and I are moving from Kansas City in the next couple months. We have been looking at houses and really like some the models that T.W. Lewis have. Is the Chandler,Gilbert,Goodyear area a nice area? Are T.W. Lewis a good builder? Also what will Utilities run? Being a new home I am sure it will be tight and well insulated. Wife likes it 70-72 in the house. Pool I am sure will add to the cost. Just a close estimate please. Thanks for any info.

Micheal
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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TW Lewis does build nice homes. . . Utilities? vary widely depending on size of house, exposure, landscaping, etc. Likely at least a couple hundred a month, or more, during the summer. The stategic planting of trees can have a great effect on cooling costs. Chandler, Gilbert, Goodyear are fine if you don't mind living out on the edges of the suburbs. . . I'm more of an "in town" type, myself.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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There is not a single "Chandler Gilbert Goodyear" area, as Goodyear is on the opposite side of the Valley. Both are good areas, you just need to decide which side of the Valley is better for you in terms of commuting, etc.

In a new house, trees aren't going to get big enough fast enough to matter very much in terms of helping keep the house cool. At some point they will help, just not in the short term. Picking a specific lot and home that doesn't have a lot of west or south window exposure will help a lot. 70-72 in the house is going to be expensive, even in a well insulated house.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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TW Lewis is a somewhat custom builder and usually on the higher end. If they are still in business right now, then that is a positive for them.

The A/C and your pool pump are two of the highest electricity users, so planning their usage appropriately can make a huge difference. Most newer 2 story houses have two A/C units, so this can quickly run up a large electricity bill. Check with your electricity company (SRP or APS) to see if you can get something called, "Time of Day Service". Then run the pool pump over night instead of during the day, and if no one is home during the day, set your temps higher (or get a programmable/timer based thermostat).

Also keep in mind there is usually 10% or less humidity here, so you can probably get by with the temp set around 75-76 and still feel the same as 70-72 with higher humidity. This much difference can shave $50 or more per month off of your electricity bill! Ceiling fans also help a lot.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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TW Lewis is a somewhat custom builder and usually on the higher end. If they are still in business right now, then that is a positive for them.

The A/C and your pool pump are two of the highest electricity users, so planning their usage appropriately can make a huge difference. Most newer 2 story houses have two A/C units, so this can quickly run up a large electricity bill. Check with your electricity company (SRP or APS) to see if you can get something called, "Time of Day Service". Then run the pool pump over night instead of during the day, and if no one is home during the day, set your temps higher (or get a programmable/timer based thermostat).

Also keep in mind there is usually 10% or less humidity here, so you can probably get by with the temp set around 75-76 and still feel the same as 70-72 with higher humidity. This much difference can shave $50 or more per month off of your electricity bill! Ceiling fans also help a lot.
Very good point on the lower humidity and the ceiling fans. Ceramic tile floors make a difference in the summer, too, if you tend to walk around the house barefoot. (of course, they are chillier in the winter, too!)

I always recommend checking into managed payment plan. You pay the same amount every month all year, based on past use, and you don't get that "sticker shock" in the summer.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:41 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies, The house will definately be a ranch/single level home. Very good tip on the humidity. I am hoping to fly down in early July to check out the area and look at the house in person. Thanks again
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