The importance of creating a home that incorporates both functionality and beauty has always been important, but now many homeowners are interested in bringing energy efficiency into the mix.
EiEiHome spoke with Hannah Taylor of Hotwire Electric about how homeowners can enjoy a stylish yet energy efficient home.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen tends to be the room that expends a large portion of a home’s energy, making it the room where energy saving measures can most easily be employed. Taylor states that a good place to start is with Energy Star® appliances; however, it doesn’t stop there.
“For lighting, choose LED lighting for pot lights, puck lights, and all under cabinet lighting,” Taylor says.
In the Bathroom
Here, Taylor points to a luxurious-sounding, but practical option for reducing overall home heating costs. “Installing a heated floor can lower your need to raise the temp in the entire home just to keep a bathroom warm”. This is also another place where high efficiency lighting can be used. “Choosing LED bulbs in fixtures that last a long time and only draw 8watts compared to 50watts is a huge deal”.
LED technology has made an incredible contribution to Canadian energy-saving efforts. Something that is especially evident when it comes to pot lights—a growing staple in Canadian homes, nationwide.
“A standard halogen bulb [traditionally used in pot lights] has zero warranty and draws 50watts, where the led version offers the same for 6w of average,” Taylor states. “Multiply that by 100 pot lights in a home and you are saving astronomically”.
Beyond energy-savings, LED pot lights offer other benefits. They remain just as attractive as the traditional halogen bulb, but with the convenience of providing approximately 30,000 hours of use.“With LED, especially in high ceilings and hard to reach exterior pot lights, you are not having to change bulbs as often,” Taylor says.
Providing service to Toronto and GTA homeowners and builders for over a decade, Hotwire Electric is committed to helping their clients explore ways to create more energy efficient homes. “Everything at Hotwire starts with a consultation,” Taylor says. “With the client’s needs being paramount.”
“We can discuss energy saving options, heated flooring, upgrading of older style panels that are no longer efficient [and more].
Taylor says that the lighting is designed with the client on site. Every detail, from switch location to the types of devices and bulbs will be outlined in the quotes.
Contact Hotwire Electric via their listing here on EiEiHome.