Don’t Let Summer Energy Bills Burn You Up

Even in the most energy-efficient homes, the cost to cool your home in the summer can be more expensive than you’d like.

It’s true that air conditioners use about 5 percent of all energy produced in the United States, with Americans spending 11 billion dollars a year to run their AC units. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t take control of your energy-saving efforts right now.

Here are some easy ways to help keep your home cool and your energy bill low this summer.

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Prevent warm air from leaking into your home by sealing cracks and openings around the house. If you’ve been in  your home a while, check caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows to make sure cool air stays in and warm air stays out.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Smoothly.

Schedule regular maintenance on your cooling system to ensure that your air conditioning unit is operating properly and isn’t costing you money because it needs cleaning, recharging or repair. An air conditioner that is running properly is going to keep you cooler and save you money.

The Thermostat Gives You Complete Control. Use It Wisely.

The most powerful tool you have in your energy-saving arsenal is your thermostat. By setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible, you’ll keep the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures to a minimum and lower the impact that your cooling system has on your energy bill. Programmable thermostats like those that come standard as part of our energy-efficient Brookfield Blue initiative allow you to keep your home at a cooler temperature when you’re home and warmer when you’re not. This will prevent unnecessary cooling and will save you money in the end.

In the Battle to Lower Your Summer Energy Bill, the Kitchen is Key.

So much of what goes into your summer energy bill comes from your kitchen. From the appliances you use to how much food you have in your house, your kitchen is the frontline in the war on summertime energy bills.

Energy Star appliances , like those found in new Brookfield homes, ensure that your appliances don’t waste energy when they’re not being used. Filling your fridge with plenty of food will help prevent excess warming when the door is opened, and it’ll keep it from having to work harder during the warm summer months.

Did you know? Brookfield homes are naturally more energy efficient than the average home.

All of our homes already save energy and money through our energy-saving initiative, Brookfield Blue. Each new Brookfield home includes features such as Energy Star® appliances, programmable thermostats and advanced framing techniques. You can choose to add even more of the latest innovative, energy-efficient features to help save even more money on your energy bills every month.

 

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Dive into a Safe Experience at the Pool this Summer

Blog3The sun is out, the kids are ready to go, and you’re on your way to the pool for another fun, relaxing summer day with the family. While the warm weather is a perfect invitation to have fun outside and in the water, you’ll need to be prepared to have the best experience possible.

Here are a few tips to ensure that you and your family have both a fun and safe day at the pool.

Pack the Sunscreen. Plenty of It.

Whether you’re relaxing by the pool or taking a dip, you will want to make sure that this cool activity doesn’t leave your family feeling burned.

Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the primary cause of skin cancer, but you can minimize your family’s risk by keeping the sunscreen handy. Pack sunscreen that is rated at 30 SPF or above (with both UVA and UVB spectrum protection) and apply it every two hours.

Keep Your Kids Hydrated.

Just because your kids are spending the day in the water doesn’t mean that they’ll stay properly hydrated. Because kids are much more prone to dehydration than adults, you’ll need to keep a close eye on how much water your family is drinking throughout the day. It’s recommended that kids and teens drink nine ounces of water every 20 minutes during periods of physical activity.

Enjoy the Day but Don’t Let Your Guard Down.

Going swimming is one of the best ways to keep your kids cool and entertained, but even if you’re just relaxing poolside, you’ll need to stay aware of where your kids are and what they’re doing.

Most importantly, never let your kids swim without adult supervision. Aside from being the best way to prevent any pool mishaps or accidents, it’s a great way to spend some time with your little ones.

Trying to keep your cool in the summer heat but wish the pool was a little closer to home? Most Brookfield communities include beautiful swimming pools  or are located near recreational swimming pools. It’s easy to make a splash during the summer when your community is so conveniently located!

 

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Easy Ways to Add Style to Your Outdoor Space

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It’s natural to flip through home magazines and marvel, with more than a little envy, at the gorgeous decks and patios.

But here’s a little secret: It doesn’t take a lot of know-how or a lot of effort to spruce up your own outdoor space. You’ll be surprised at just how far a few small touches can go.

For starters, invest in some inexpensive throw pillows for your outdoor furniture. If you’re going for a fun, contemporary look, choose bright turquoise or orange. And if that doesn’t fit your style, you can never go wrong with classic navy or red pillows.

Plants and flowers can also inject a bit of life into your outdoor space, but if you’re no master gardener then there are other, easier options. Add some potted herbs to your patio or deck. They’re easy to grow and they add a nice, fragrant scent. When they’re ready, you can use the herbs to help craft the perfect summer cocktail or to dress up your salads. Your guests will definitely be impressed.

Lighting a few citronella candles not only adds to the atmosphere, but it’ll also help keep the bugs at bay. You can buy them or you can even make your own colorful candles.

Try a few of these ideas and then you can put the home magazines down, sit back and marvel at your own gorgeous outdoor space. It’s not so hard after all.

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Celebrate Independence Day with Hometown Fun

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The great thing about Independence Day is that it’s more than just an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate as a nation. It’s a chance for us to come together on the hometown level.

We’re fortunate that in D.C. and the surrounding areas, we have some of the most active, close-knit communities you’ll find anywhere. And the Fourth of July weekend is jam-packed with fun events in towns throughout the region. Here are a few of our favorite events happening near Brookfield Residential communities.

The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm

Celebrate Independence Day at George Washington’s boyhood  home. Enjoy historic re-enactors, educational programs, music, crafts, and more.

Rockin’ Independence Eve

It’s an Independence Day pre-game party in Old Town Winchester. There’s something for everyone, including a beer and wine garden, a hamburger eating contest, a cornhole tournament, kids activities, fireworks and more.

Celebrate America

  • Manassas, VA (Near Avendale)
  • July 4 | 4pm-10pm

Try your luck in pie-eating contests, a watermelon-eating contest and a bicycle decorating contest. It’s a day filled with fun activities for the whole family. Come early and stay for one of the largest fireworks displays in Northern Virginia, starting at 9:15pm.

Leesburg Independence Day Celebration

Show your patriotic spirit at the annual Independence Day parade through historic Leesburg, featuring the American Originals Fife and Drum Corps. The celebration hits full swing starting at 6pm on the lawn at Ida Lee Park. Fireworks begin at 9:30.

Hope this helps you find some hometown fun for Independence Day, but most of all, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!

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Enjoy Full Days of Fun at Snowden Bridge Near Winchester

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School’s out and summer’s here. Let the fun begin.

Then again, at Snowden Bridge near Winchester, the fun never really stops. Still, there’s no denying that the warm weather and abundant sunshine really ramp up the excitement at this one-of-a-kind community with an amazing collection of all-inclusive amenities.

Stop by for a tour and choose a new single-family home, starting in the low $300’s, or a townhome, starting in the high $100’s. You’ll have to clear your schedule to enjoy all the fun Snowden Bridge has to offer.

Start with tennis inside our 15,000-square-foot indoor sportsplex. Or hit the nature trails and dog park.

When afternoon rolls around, grab your beach towels and head out to the pool, which also features a super fun pirate waterpark for the kids. For the littlest ones, we’ve also got a baby pool.

Snowden Bridge also has a bike race track for when they want to show off their speed or a playground for burning off any leftover energy.

Pack lunch or dinner and sit down together for a great meal together in our picnic area. It’s a full day at Snowden Bridge and it’s always a fun day.

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Modern Style for Your Modern Lifestyle at The Preserve at Goose Creek

No flower-pattern wallpaper here. Nothing at all to remind you of your grandma’s house.

The new SoHo Collection townhomes are the next level of modern style and the only place to find anything like it in Ashburn is The Preserve at Goose Creek. Tour our new Renwick model and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

The design is sleek, clean and powerful. The innovative pairings of interior elements really draw out the unique style, from the stainless steel in the kitchen to the creative use of hardwoods sprinkled throughout the home.

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And the lifestyle at The Preserve at Goose Creek is a ideal fit for everyone, offering  low-maintenance living, so no one has to worry about cutting the grass. Spend your time grilling and gathering with neighbors. Or stop in to the community center, swim in the pool or work out in the fitness center.

Then head out and check out all the entertainment and recreation that’s so close by in Ashburn and throughout Loudoun County.

It all adds up to an amazing community, with stunning homes and natural beauty on Goose Creek. It’s the perfect home for your modern lifestyle.

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Tour a Truly Unique Model Home at the Waterford Manor Grand Opening

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To introduce the exquisite Wine Country lifestyle available at our new Waterford Manor community, just any old model wouldn’t do.

We’re opening our new community this weekend with something special and our new Fillmore II model is the first of its kind. It’s open and spacious. It’s innovative and luxurious. Walk in the door and all you’ll see are possibilities. You can’t help but imagine how perfectly your life would fit in the Fillmore II.

See for yourself as we celebrate the Grand Opening of Waterford Manor.

From the spacious great room to the well-appointed kitchen, it’s perfect for entertaining and ideal for everyday living. Choose the Fillmore II design for your new home and you can personalize it with up from 4 to 7 bedrooms and 2.5 to 7 bathrooms. So it suits families of all sizes.

The Fillmore II and the other beautiful homes in our Arista Collection are just part of the draw at Waterford Manor. You’ll enjoy estate homesites starting at three acres and views of rolling hills. It’s close to the quaint charm of historic Waterford and all the shopping and dining in Leesburg.

Stop in and see us. We’ll show you the Fillmore II and you can choose the beautiful estate homesite for you. Make your plans now. A limited number of beautiful homesites have been released for the Grand Opening. You’ll want to get their first and choose your favorite.

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New Models, Designs and Amenities Mean More to Love Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores

If you haven’t been to see Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores—or if you just haven’t been in a while—now is the time to plan your visit.

We’re hosting a special Grand Opening weekend on June 13-14 with new model homes, new home designs and several exciting new amenities that only cement our reputation as the area’s premier active-adult community.

Eagle Springs offers an all-inclusive resort-style experience and single-family homes with main-level living, starting in the $200’s in Bridgeville, DE. It’s less than two hours to D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. It’s less than an hour to the Delmarva beaches.

But with everything happening inside the community, you’ll be in no rush to go anywhere.

It all begins with the oversized clubhouse, boasting indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and an aerobics room. We’ve got a pristine, 18-hole championship golf course and pro shop. If golf isn’t your thing, try tennis or pickleball.

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You can enjoy a tasty meal at one of our two on-site restaurants and end the day with some fishing at a nearby lake. There’s something for everyone at Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, DE.

And more is on the way. Before you know it, we’ll be opening our Market House with even more entertainment, dining and shopping options. Take your tour today and get in while you still can.

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Experience Resort-Style Life with Weekend Discovery Packages at Easton Village and Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores

Sometimes you just need to spend some time there, take it all in, to understand how a community can make your life better.

That’s what’s so exciting about our new Weekend Discovery Packages at Easton Village, a waterfront community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores, an all-inclusive, active-adult resort community in Bridgeville, DE.

At Easton Village, you’ll discover peaceful waterfront living with a perfect blend of small town charm and big time amenities. Stylish main-level living homes are a perfect fit in this resort-style community on the Eastern Shore.

You’ll be treated to overnight accommodations, lunch and a round of golf at the Easton Club, and a boat tour around the community. Easton Village is on the Tred Avon River, and you’ll have full access to all the amenities, from the marina and kayak launch to the community clubhouse with a fitness center, pool and bocce courts.

New homes at Easton Village feature up to 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, starting from the low $400’s.

If you’re ready for a fun-filled, 55+ lifestyle in the Northeast’s most tax-friendly state, Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores is perfect for you.

Your Weekend Discovery Package includes an overnight stay and an opportunity to enjoy lunch and dinner at our Heritage Shores Club. You’ll get a free round of golf at our championship course and full use of all the amenities.

At Eagle Springs at Heritage Shores, that means a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center and tennis and pickleball courts, as well as indoor and outdoor pools. We’ve also got two on-site restaurants with more dining options coming soon when we open our Market House.

Single-level, single-family homes start from the $200’s. Be sure to take a look at our brand new designs.

Weekend Discovery Packages at both communities are just $50 per couple and are available for a limited time only. Book yours today by contacting Sales Manager Josh Stone.

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Large-Acre Luxury Awaits at the New Waterford Manor

Ready for the scenic charm of countryside living, but not ready to give up the easy access to life’s daily conveniences?

Brookfield Residential’s new Waterford Manor community is one of those best-of-both-worlds opportunities, featuring 3+ acre estate homesites and our popular Arista Collection of stylish, oversized home designs.

Join our Waterford Manor VIP list today to be the first to find out the latest news, updates and offers about this exciting new community.

Your beautiful new home will offer daily relaxation as you look out on Waterford’s wide open spaces and rolling hills, reminiscent of the French countryside. Spend your weekends bouncing around the area’s many excellent vintage and antique stores or attending events at local wineries.

Tarara Winery in Leesburg not only features an amazing tasting experience but also a Summer Concert Series, featuring live music every Saturday evening. The internationally acclaimed wine at Breaux Vineyards is matched only by the incredible vistas on this 400-acre Purcellville estate. Sunset Vineyards, also in Purcellville, delivers excellent wines in an Old World style experience with a focus on customer service and conservation.

There’s so much to explore here, and it’s so much easier when you call Waterford Manor home.

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