Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to start considering ways to save on cooling costs. Fortunately, at the Ellicott City townhomes of Shipley’s Grant, you’ll find homes that match their exceptional styling with equally exceptional energy efficiencies.
Anyone who steps into a home here notices such advantages as high ceilings, plentiful windows, top-of-the-line appliances, designer countertops and Kohler faucets. But Bozzuto has also included advantages you don’t immediately notice, such as high-grade attic and wall insulation, low-e double pane insulated tilt-in vinyl windows with screens and Puron 14 SEER central air conditioning that helps keep your home environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
Of course, no matter how many energy efficiencies are included within a building’s design, there are always steps you can take personally to make your home even greener and more inexpensive to cool. Here are some ideas to consider as we approach summer:
• Keep coverings on sun-facing windows closed during the day to reduce solar heat
• Set your thermostat as high as comfortable. Each degree higher can save you significant costs in the long run.
• Use ceiling fans and floor fans to help spread cool air
• Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your thermostat as these can artificially raise the temperature reading, thus costing you extra in cooling expenses
• Use ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in light fixtures and lamps throughout your home. CFLs are much more energy efficient and last 6-12 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
• Turn off lights when not needed and turn off electronics when not in use.
• Choose ENERGY STAR labeled office equipment. These use 70% less electricity than standard equipment.
• Consider switching to rechargeable batteries for your small electronics. They cost more at first but save money in the long term and are much better for the environment.
Bozzuto’s Howard County townhomes of Shipley’s Grant are designed to provide a high quality lifestyle. From nine-foot ceilings to hardwood flooring options to such touches as oak interior railing, ceramic-tiled bathrooms, walk-in-closets and maple cabinetry, these are new homes in Ellicott City that let you live as you desire. And better yet, they let you live with great energy efficiency. This summer, save even more on energy costs by making your new home in Howard County as efficient as possible.