Winter Energy Conserving Tips


Be kind to your wallet and the planet by following these energy saving tips this winter.  


1.  Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will ensure you never go to bed or leave home with the heat blasting again. For maximum savings, set the temperature at 66° F or below during down times and no more than 72°F when you’re home.

2.  Open up curtains. Inviting natural sunlight into the house will provide ambient heat which may help you delay turning up the thermostat. Be sure to close the curtains when the sun goes down.

3.  Check the insulation in the attic. As a standard, all homes should have between R-22 and R-49 of attic insulation. Colder climates may require more. Not only will insulation keep energy bills down, it may prevent costly ice dams that damage the roof and gutters.

4.  Unsealed leaks are like having a window open all the time. Check for cracks around windowsills, baseboards, vents and anywhere a fixture pokes through to the outside of the house. Once you’ve located the leaks, use a simple tube of inexpensive caulking to seal them properly.

5.  Maintain the HVAC system as needed. A new furnace is expensive, and so is one that doesn’t work properly. Keep yours running efficiently with an annual tune-up from a professional. Proper maintenance can also extend the life of a unit by several years. And don’t forget to replace the furnace filters every three months or sooner.

6.  Turn off unused lights. Darker, shorter days mean more time with the lights on, but lighting up an empty room is a waste of energy and money. Consider putting lights on timers or installing motion-activated sensors if the folks in your house can’t remember to flip the switch.

If you've tried most of these ideas and you're still frustrated with your utility bills, consider having an energy audit. You can schedule an audit through your local utility company. An audit isn't free, but it's a good investment, and you may qualify for rebates.


From luxurious single family homes to charming duplex homes, Plote Homes offers something for everyone. Each of our communities is located near parks, shopping centers, major highways and hospitals, making a Plote Homes community the perfect choice for your new home.  For more information on Plote Homes and our communities please visit our website.

The Augusta Ranch Plan Video Tour at Lakes of Boulder Ridge



Welcome to the Augusta Ranch at the Lakes of Boulder Ridge. This community is located in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. It offers a unique country club environment and luxurious duplex and single family homes. The Augusta is our most popular and most expansive floor plan.  It features 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, study, formal dining room, great room, mud/laundry room, full (unfinished) basement and a 2-car attached garage. Enjoy the video tour below:




The Brentwood Ranch Plan Video Tour at Lakes of Boulder Ridge



Welcome to the Brentwood model in the Lakes of Boulder Ridge community in Lake in the Hills, Illinois!  This community is beautifully situated along the private Boulder Ridge Golf Course.  This home features over 1700 square feet of living space, 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a study, spacious great room, kitchen with dinette area, mud/laundry room, full (unfinished) basement, 2-car attached garage and elegant finishes throughout! 
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Video Tour of Luxury Ranch Homes at the Lakes of Boulder Ridge


Today we are touring 2 luxury ranch homes in the clubhouse community of Lakes of Boulder Ridge.  This community is located in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. It is beautifully situated along the private Boulder Ridge Golf Course. Lakes of Boulder Ridge offers a variety of luxurious, maintenance-free ranch homes. The homes range from 1,700 square feet to more than 2,200 square feet and offer 2 to 3 bedrooms, 2 to 3 baths and elegant finishes throughout! 
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Lakes of Boulder Ridge - A Favorite Among Friends

The Kierna's and their new Brentwood home.

When Faith and Tom Kierna started thinking about moving to a new home, they did what many people do—talked to their friends. Luckily for them, a couple they knew from Cary had moved to The Lakes of Boulder Ridge and encouraged them to visit. They did…and quickly purchased a home there, as well.

“We lived in Cary our entire lives, and we didn’t find a neighborhood that presented the house type we were looking for,” said Faith Kierna, referring to The Lakes of Boulder Ridge golf course community in Lake In The Hills. “So when the time came, we were willing to move from Cary for the home type and lifestyle that Boulder Ridge provided.”

The Cliffs Of Fontana Offers A Vacation Lifestyle - In Summertime And All The Time

The Hillers and their new Ashton home.

Many suburban Chicagoans aspire to own a home at a popular weekend getaway spot like Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva area. For Tom and Mary Ellen Hiller, that wish became a reality when they purchased at The Cliffs of Fontana from Plote Homes.

“Finding a vacation home was always in the back of our minds,” said Tom Hiller, who moved with his wife to The Cliffs of Fontana in February. After countless visits to the area, the couple decided it was the right time to buy.

Lakes of Boulder Ridge: Buy Now and Initiation Fee to Boulder Ridge Country Club is Covered

The Lakes of Boulder Ridge offers a unique country club environment.

The Lakes of Boulder Ridge offers a unique country club environment and luxurious ranch duplex and single-family homes. With 143 acres of private land, The Lakes of Boulder Ridge backs up to the West Nine holes of the Boulder Ridge Country Club. Join to take advantage of the championship golf course and first-class facility.  Buy now and we will cover the initiation fee into Boulder Ridge Country Club!*