As temperatures rise, your energy bills often do, too.
Americans spend 11 billion dollars every year to power their air conditioners. To keep more of that money in your pocket, now is the time to take control of your energy-saving efforts and keep your home as cool and efficient as possible this summer.
Follow these four tips so that you never have to sweat an energy bill during the summer months.
Tip 1: Keep the Heat Out. Watch the Savings Flow in.
Prevent warm air from leaking into your home by sealing cracks and openings around the house. If you’ve chosen a resale home or have lived in your home for a while, take some time to check caulking and weather-stripping around doors and windows to ensure that cool air stays in and warm air stays out.
Tip 2: Take Control of Your Thermostat
The most powerful tool you have in your energy-saving arsenal is your thermostat. Keep the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures to a minimum by setting your thermostat to the highest temperature that is comfortable for you. Doing so means your air conditioning unit will turn on less — lowering the impact on your energy bill. Programmable thermostats, like those that come standard in every Brookfield Residential home, allow you to keep your home cooler when you’re at home and warmer when you’re not.
Tip 3: Focus on Your Kitchen
Your kitchen is the frontline in the battle to lower your energy costs. From the appliances you use to how much food you keep in your refrigerator, this room is an essential part of the energy bill equation.
ENERGY STAR® appliances, included in every new Brookfield home, ensure that energy isn’t wasted when they’re not in use. You can take the extra step to fill your refrigerator with as many refrigerated items as possible during the summer to prevent excess warming when you open the door — keeping it from having to work harder during the warmest months.
Tip 4: Own a Brookfield Home
Through our Brookfield Blue initiative, we build every one of our homes to balance ultimate livability and energy efficiency — saving our homeowners in new and innovative ways.
In addition to ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats, water-saving bath faucets and shower heads and Low-e windows are standard in every home. We further empower our homebuyers to save money and employ the latest innovation in their homes by offering a variety of sustainable and renewable energy features, such as solar panels and geothermal heating and air conditioning.
When you buy a Brookfield Residential home, you’ll know that your home is more efficient than the standard new home. Click here to see how we build the most energy-efficient homes possible.