When my husband moved here from Albuquerque, NM to Gilbert, AZ, he did not think of the utility bills with an east/west house. The sunsets were gorgeous in the late afternoons, but the energy bills were killer. It was a new build, vaulted two story, 2400 sq ft. The highest bill we had was about $500 in the summer; and that was keeping the thermostat at 79! We now live in a single story, north south facing home with tinted windows and plantation shutters.
If you really love the home otherwise, I would go for it but make sure the following things are in place:
- Tint on the east/west facing windows
- Darkened screens on those windows
- Plantation Shutters
If you can mitigate the sun from your back patio with a roll-down shade, this will help too.
In our current single-story, north-south home that's 3000 square feet, with tinted windows and plantation blinds, our highest bill has been $180.
Hope that helps! :)
The Sun Set on the front part of the house, making the afternoon the hottest part of the day in the family room and my kid's bedroom. All said and done though, the bills were manageable for 2400 sq. ft.
However, my neighbors, with the same issues purchased the dark sun screens and she said "It makes all the diffrence in the world." I think our best help was the SRP plan where you pay the same every month.
#1: Tint the windows.
#2: Install shade screens.
#3: Install a retracable awning.
#4: Plant a tree to shade the windows.
If this is the home for you, and you probably felt that way as you entered the door, that very first time, I would suggest to looking in to one or more of the above ways to make the home more energy effecient.
Yes it is more expensive, of course if you have plantation shutters this will cut down on the expense.
Now if the Backyard ( Back of the house ) is facing West. You can forget about hanging out by the pool after work in the summer. Your patio will have those cheap bamboo blinds.
In this town you want coverage to protect your home from that late afternoon sun.
You can call SRP and ask them what the electric cost have been for that property. Remember SRP is jacking the rates 9% this spring.
Myself I am a North South Guy
Other than that Desert Ridge is nice place