How to Create Smaller Summer Energy Bills

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.

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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.

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Discover Outstanding Outdoor Amenities at Brookfield Communities Nearby

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It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all the great amenities that you’ll find at Brookfield communities across our region. If you’re looking to buy a home at one of these communities, or if you already live at one, make sure you check out these outdoor amenities.

Avendale (Bristow, VA)
Enjoy the scenery and atmosphere of the wooded Avendale community by getting outside and enjoying a great selection of amenities, including:

  • Quiet Walking Trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Basketball Court
  • Dog Park

Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores (Bridgeville, DE)
With its impressive array of outdoor amenities, Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores is redefining active-adult lifestyles. Centered around a pristine golf course, this 55+ community is the ideal landing spot for those looking to enjoy a fun and energetic life. Amenities include:

  • 18-Hole Arthur Hills Championship Golf Course
  • Tennis and Pickleball Courts
  • Swimming Pool
  • The Frozen Farmer with Outdoor Patio

Easton Village (Easton, MD)
If you’ve been dreaming of a Chesapeake lifestyle, look no further than Easton Village. Its wide variety of amenities is perfect for those looking for the ideal waterfront community:

  • Marina
  • Boat Slips
  • Kayak Launch
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Bocce Court

Snowden Bridge (Stephenson, VA)
An all-inclusive community should always include a premier collection of outdoor amenities. Snowden Bridge more than lives up to this expectation:

  • Community Park and Playground
  • Swimming Pool with Pirate Splash Park
  • Trail System for Walking, Biking and Jogging
  • Playing Fields
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Dog Park

Wilson’s Grove (Gambrills, MD)
A prestigious, wooded community with great outdoor amenities — that’s Wilson’s Grove. There you’ll find amenities such as:

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Walking Trails
  • Tennis Courts

Woodstream (N. Stafford, VA)
It should come as no surprise that this is North Stafford’s best-selling community. With modern, low-maintenance garage townhome designs and so many amenities right in the community, Woodstream provides a city-like experience without the city price:

  • Community Park
  • Outdoor  Pool
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Areas
  • Private Basketball Court
  • Tree-Lined Walkways and Sidewalks

Interested in living at one of these amenity-rich communities? Find your new home now.

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Townhomes at Oakview Village Highlighted by Exceptional Design, Extraordinary Efficiency

Solar Panels at Oakview Village

Finding a home with both built-in energy savings and style isn’t always easy during a home search. But at our Oakview Village community in Glen Burnie, MD, they’re standard features for every one of our 3-level townhomes.

Although every new Brookfield home in every one of our communities comes with a variety of energy-efficient features, like low-e windows, Energy Star® appliances and programmable thermostats, you’ll find solar panels turning the power of the sun into sustainable energy for residents of Oakview Village. We’ve partnered with SolarCity to boost the efficiency of new townhomes in this community, helping homeowners save money and contribute to sustainable energy efforts in the process.

We don’t think there’s any reason to sacrifice style to own a more sustainable home. That’s why we’ve loaded these townhomes with luxurious contemporary design features, such as lofted ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors and distinctive exteriors, to truly give you a home you can call your own.

Schedule your visit of Oakview Village today and come see why it’s never been easier or more affordable to experience a stylish and green lifestyle all at once.

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Summer is Here and the Pools are Open in Brookfield Communities

Brookfield Community Pools

Summer is finally upon us.

You can smell the burgers cooking on the grill and hear music floating through the air. At Brookfield Residential communities across the region, our residents are splashing in the pool and enjoying the most carefree season of the year.

We love summer because it’s the perfect reason for neighbors to get together and have a great time. It’s why so many of the places we build feature swimming pools, including:

VIRGINIA

MARYLAND

DELAWARE

So if you live in one of these gorgeous communities, be sure to stop by the pool this weekend. We’d love to see you.

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Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores is a Resort-Style Celebration of Fun

Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores

It’s more than a new home. It’s a complete lifestyle.

Of course, life at Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, DE, begins with a stylish new home design, with main-level living, plenty of room to entertain and even opportunities for that front-porch lifestyle you’ve been looking for, where neighbors become your cherished friends. But that’s just where your day begins. When you own such a low-maintenance home, you’ll be able to spend more time doing what you love and enjoying everything that this 55+ resort-style community has to offer.

You could dine at one of the on-site restaurants or watch a ballgame at the tavern. You could shop at the Sugar Beet Market or enjoy a fresh local dessert from The Frozen Farmer.

You might play a round of golf or a quick pickleball match. Maybe you’ll hit the state-of-the-art fitness center or the pool.

If you’re lucky, it’s Wine Club Wednesday or Brew Night at the clubhouse.

All of that is just for starters. There’s so much to do at Eagle Springs that you’ll want to make friends with our full-time activities director. Each day is filled with fun events that bring friends and neighbors together.

With new Move-In-Now Homes ready right away, you could be enjoying your Eagle Springs lifestyle before you know it. Why wait another day?

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Admirals Square is Open for Sales in Annapolis

Admirals Square

Artful urban living is here.

In the heart of Annapolis is a bold new community where style, art and access come together in a sought-after address.

With two-level garage condos starting from the mid $300’s and three-level townhomes starting from the low $400’s, Admirals Square brings new, innovative home designs to Brookfield’s first community in Maryland’s state capital. These homes feature open floorplans, plus lofts, balconies and rooftop terraces.

Plus, if you buy a new home here before July 31, 2016, you’ll get a FREE designer kitchen upgrade and PAID closing cost assistance.

The fun, artsy style of this colorful, nautical city is on display throughout the community. It’s in the mosaic art walls and the cascading water feature. You’ll feel it as you follow the brick paver walkways to the gathering ring and fire pit or to the trellis-covered courtyard.

But Admirals Square is not just luxury and style — it’s also convenience and access.

Just a short walk from the community, you can dine, shop or explore at Annapolis Towne Centre and Annapolis Harbour Center. It’s also a quick drive to the historic Annapolis waterfront.

This community is also centrally located and close to major roadways. If you lived here, you could easily work in Annapolis, Baltimore, D.C. or Fort Meade. Your morning commute might begin with a quick walk to the Riva Road MTA bus stop. Climb aboard and relax on the way in to work.

Admirals Square is a place that opens up a world of possibilities. Now you have no reason to wait. Schedule an appointment today and prepare for your artful urban lifestyle.

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2 New Mayfair Models Show Off Loudoun’s Best Townhome Value

May27(updated)

You can have it all. Why not?

You can have the modern style and innovative design that set Brookfield apart from rest. And you can have it in a brand new townhome with the lowest prices in Loudoun County.

That’s the promise we made when we unveiled the Bradford and Carlisle models at Mayfair in Purcellville, VA. And we definitely delivered. Our Grand Opening weekend was a huge success. Home shoppers steadily streamed through from the moment we opened the doors on Saturday morning.

Each home offers three levels of open, flowing designs, perfect for today’s modern lifestyles. Each can be personalized to fit up to four bedrooms and four bathrooms. And each can be upgraded room by room, so that your new home is exactly what you’ve imagined.

Of course, Mayfair also offers a variety of spacious single-family homes to choose from.

Whatever you choose you’ll be just minutes from historic downtown Purcellville and all the shopping, dining and entertainment it offers. You’ll be near downtown Leesburg and commuter routes headed into the city.

Mayfair, main street charm and metropolitan convenience. Stop by today and see these new models for yourself. Because why not have it all?

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Eat, Drink and Hula at Our Heritage Shores Luau

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Ready to celebrate summer with an island flavor?

At Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores, we’re hosting a Luau on June 4 from 12pm to 3pm. It’s the perfect way to preview life at this 55+ active lifestyle community in Bridgeville, DE.

This is a poolside event, so bring a bathing suit and go for a swim. Or just relax and soak up the sun. Sip a fruity, tropical drink as we prepare a traditional pig roast feast.

We’ve invited all our residents and a lot of interested home shoppers, too. So come and mingle. Get to know your future neighbors. You’ll be seeing more of them because fun days like this happen all the time at Eagle Springs.

When you choose a new home here, you not only get stylish single-level living, you get access to our 28,000-square-foot clubhouse and all the amenities inside and out. We have two pools, a fitness center, a wellness center, tennis courts and pickleball courts, not to mention an 18-hole championship golf course. You’ll also enjoy on-site restaurants, a tavern and shopping at the Sugar Beet Market.

There’s so much to do that we have a full-time Activities Director to coordinate all the community events and keep your schedule full of fun.

So take the first step and RSVP by May 30 for our Luau!

When you get here, visit our model park to check in for the party. You can tour the beautiful homes and we’ll tell you about the exclusive incentives we’re offering to Luau guests. Then you can register to win a free round of golf and dinner for two at the Heritage Shores Club.

It promises to be an entertaining afternoon. And for you, maybe the first of many perfect days at Eagle Springs.

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Two Great Events Happening Close to Brookfield Communities Next Weekend

May13

Brookfield communities are built in locations that provide endless opportunities to check out local events and attractions, connecting you to the places you call home. Here’s a look at two events you’ll want to check out next weekend, and while you’re there, be sure to stop by for a tour at a nearby Brookfield community!

Annapolis Farmers Market (Sundays, 8am-12pm)

The Annapolis Fresh Farm Market offers fresh, local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, dairy products, meats, flowers and more. The market is right on the waterfront in downtown Annapolis, making it the perfect destination for residents and visitors alike. It’s open every Sunday, now through November 20.

The Brookfield Connection: Brookfield Residential is proud to sponsor the Annapolis Fresh Farm Market. The upcoming Admirals Square community, which will offer innovative townhomes and contemporary garage condos, is located just minutes from the weekly market and all of downtown Annapolis. Our Wilson’s Grove community is also just a short drive away in Gambrills, offering gorgeous single-family homes.

Purcellville Music and Arts Festival (Saturday, May 21, 10am-7pm)

Looking for a free, family-friendly event to attend next weekend? Don’t miss the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival next Saturday. The event features live music, a juried art show, local food, beer and wine, workshops, arts and crafts, and plenty of children’s activities. More information is available by calling 540.751.2350.

The Brookfield Connection: Another event sponsored by Brookfield Residential, the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival is less than five minutes from our new Mayfair community, which offers spacious single-family homes and three-level townhomes in a serene, convenient location. The festival is just one of many local events found in picturesque downtown Purcellville, VA.

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Last Chance: Just A Few Homes Remain Across These 3 Northern Virginia Communities

May6

Incredible amenities, convenient locations and beautiful homes have made Woodstream, The Preserve at Goose Creek and Embrey Mill some of the area’s best-selling communities. But all good things must come to an end.

The final Brookfield homes are now selling at these premier Northern Virginia communities, so act fast before this opportunity slips away forever.

Embrey Mill (98% Sold)
Just a few homes remain at Embrey Mill, one of North Stafford’s most exciting single-family home communities. Nature trails, scenic overlooks, parks, playgrounds, a pool and an on-site fitness center invite residents to make the most of the community’s 285 acres of space. With a location so close to shopping, dining, entertainment and commuter routes, the innovative homes in this accessible community are the key to a more fulfilling lifestyle.

You can save big and move fast at Embrey Mill. Find out how.

The Preserve at Goose Creek (95% Sold)
Offering Ashburn’s best townhome value, The Preserve at Goose Creek is full of amenities and convenience. Minutes from the Dulles Greenway, it provides easy access to Leesburg, Ashburn and the rest of the Dulles corridor. And you can own a contemporary townhome here sooner than you think! Check out our selection of Move-In-Now townhomes available in this community.

And just one opportunity remains to own an innovative, spacious single-family home in this amenity-rich community. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a quiet, convenient life in the Fairmont design, featuring 4,300 square feet of finely appointed, upgraded space.

Woodstream (98% Sold)
The countdown is on at Woodstream! This North Stafford townhome community is a favorite among homebuyers due to its easy access to commuter routes, proximity to parks, shopping and schools. With so much to do in the community and so much excitement waiting for residents nearby, it’s no surprise that it’s Stafford’s best-selling community!

Click here to learn more about Woodstream and don’t miss out our great selection of Move-In-Now Homes.

Spring homebuying season is in full swing now. With the warmer weather, we’ve seen a huge influx of interested home shoppers, especially on the weekends. Now is no time to wait. Get out and visit these communities before our final homes are gone.

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