It is HOT outside these days! Summer in the Mid Atlantic region can really be tough. The heat can drain the life right out of you. We have already had over 50 days above 90 degrees this summer. That’s almost 2 solid months of sweltering heat and humidity with no relief. Sometimes the only place to be is inside your cool, Air-Conditioned home. But while the temperatures rise to near 100 degrees, have you stopped to wonder if some of your cold air is escaping into the blazing heat outside, wasting your hard earned cash?
Everywhere you turn these days, “Energy Star Qualified” products are making their way into the public consciousness. You hear about Energy Star windows on the radio and see the blue Energy Star label on appliances at The Home Depot. You probably know a little bit about how Energy Star can save you money. But what about an Energy Star Qualified house? That’s right; you can own a home that the US Environmental Protection Agency deems to be extremely energy efficient. In fact, a Qualified home could be as much as 30% more efficient than homes that are merely built to meet the local building codes. Here’s the good news: Brunswick Crossing has made sure that every home delivered by its builders will be an Energy Star Qualified Home.
As you can imagine, getting an Energy Star Home to be Qualified is no small task; what with all the different parts that make up a house, there is a lot to be aware of. Here are some highlights that make an Energy Star home in Brunswick Crossing one of the best homes money can buy:
TIGHT CONSTRUCTION – Your new home will be constructed using the most advanced methods available. A sophisticated Air Sealing package will be installed, filling cracks and voids, eliminating the potential for cold air to escape to the scorching heat outside.
INSULATION – Your house will act as a “Cooler” keeping the cold air that you pay to generate, inside the home, making it last longer. Even the best insulation products can lose their value when improperly installed. Your insulation has been verified that it is installed correctly.
HIGH PERFORMANCE WINDOWS – Your windows will be insulated, using a transparent gas, filled between the two panes of glass. This allows for your windows to keep more of your cool air from becoming warm with the sun’s rays. Your windows will also use a “Low E” coating that will reflect the solar energy back to the outside, while still allowing light to pass through. Low E glass is up to 4 times more efficient than uncoated glass. This keeps your new home cooler and keeps your cooling equipment from having to work harder.
HVAC – Energy Star requires high efficiency Air Conditioning equipment to be installed in your new home. This equipment is professionally balanced and installed so that it has to be running less than standard equipment. This will keep you cool and comfortable and require less maintenance. The ducts that move the air are completely sealed to eliminate duct leakage, delivering the cool air where it is needed, when it is needed.
ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES – The appliances in your new home will carry the Energy Star Qualification, including your High Efficiency Water Heater. You can rest assured that your appliances won’t be burning a hole in your pocket.
MECHANICAL VENTILATION – With your home being tight, you’ll want to be sure to exhaust the spent air inside your home so that you don’t have stale air lingering. Your home will use intelligent ventilation systems that refresh air inside your home. These systems are quiet and inconspicuous.
THIRD PARTY VERIFICATION – Best of all, your Energy Star Qualified Home will be tested and inspected to verify that the energy efficiency measures described above are working properly; to save you money and keep you and your family, cool and comfortable all summer long.
Brunswick Railroaders Little League has a rich and proud history dating back to 1955 when the town joined county neighbors Frederick and Thurmont playing regular season games. In 1962, the league started holding games on the new Marvin E. Younkins field named after the 1956 Railroader All-Star manager. This field is still in-use today.
In 1965, the BRLL earned its fourth District title in 6 years. 1966 proved to be a landmark year for Brunswick as they not only won their third straight division title but they were also crowned State Champions for the first time. The 1986 Brunswick Little League Team made it all the way to the Little League World Series Championship game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Did You Know?: Some streets in Brunswick Crossing are named after players on the 1986 Brunswick team?) Brunswick, a true baseball town, continued their impressive winning tradition grabbing four additional State titles in 1969, 81’, 84’, and 1995.
This year was no different. The Brunswick Little League age 11-12 team completed a 4-0 run in State tournament in Salisbury to claim the Maryland Little League Championship on July 29th. The Brunswick team finished the tournament in grand fashion with an 18-2 win over the Halfway team, from nearby Hagerstown. The 2010 State title is the seventh for the Railroader team. For many on the team winning a State Championship is nothing new. They won last year on the 10-11 year old Brunswick team. The win earned the players a spot in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Bristol, Connecticut for the first time in 15 years, and broke the longest stretch without a State Championship.
Before their trip to Bristol, the players ran a carwash that raised more than $3,000. The money was distributed to families and coaches making the trip to Connecticut. Louisville Slugger also lent a hand to the Brunswick team by donating 17 bats and battling gloves. On Wednesday August 11th, the Brunswick High School marching band, the color guard, and many others gathered for the team’s sendoff before the 7-hour charter bus ride.
Upon their arrival to Connecticut, the team was treated to a tour of ESPN studios in Bristol, the network which broadcasts all of the Little League World Series games. The players also visited Lake Compounce, North America’s oldest continuously-operating amusement park. The team advanced to semifinals with an impressive 5-4 extra-innings win over Brandywine, Delaware. Tommy McCarthy had a two-out single in the top of the eighth inning, and came around to score the winning run on a throwing error.
The team’s August 13th semi-final match with Pennsylvania’s Council-Rock Newtown team was broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania team defeated Brunswick 13-3 to bring their run to an end, but the journey is one that the players will remember for years to come. Congratulations to the Brunswick team for another outstanding season!
Howling could be heard from Hope Farm Park at Brunswick Crossing on August 13, 2010. Tweens and teens alike came out to the Frederick County Public Library’s end-of-summer Twilight party. Guests were treated to a candy-buffet and prizes including jewelry, trivia games, posters and more. The fun included a Scene-It trivia game, howling contest, and costume party.