For years homeowners believed that in order to achieve energy savings they would have to sacrifice aesthetics. And for the most part they were right. But just as you can now get a car that is both energy efficient and fast, you can now drastically reduce the amount of energy your home uses while at the same time enhancing it aesthetically. In an article picked up by the Toronto Sun eieihome.com recently sat down with our own Hannah Taylor to discuss ways you can reduce your home energy consumption while also making your home more beautiful.
The Lighting Revolution is Here and Its Name Is “LED”
Any discussion about saving energy in the home these days has to touch on LED lights. Quite simply they represent nothing short of a revolution in lighting technology that does what formerly seemed impossible: they use about 90% less energy than incandescent lamps, last for up to 20 years (!), improve the quality of the light in your home while also providing you with far more design options than any previous type of light. As the Sun article points out:
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”.
Armed with this knowledge the homeowner is almost compelled to investigate the ways in which they can integrate this technology into their home, since not to do so leads to only one thing: waste.
Other Ways to Save Energy While Enhancing Style
While LED lights should be the centerpiece of any decor that aims to save energy and improve aesthetics there are other measures that can be taken that will also allow you to achieve the same pair of results. One of the best ways is to have the pros from HotWire Electric install lighting controls throughout the house such as:
- Dimmers – Dimmers have been around a long time but have only recently begun to receive the credit they deserve for their ability to deliver the powerful combination of aesthetic enhancement and energy savings. Most of the lights in your home should be on dimmers. First, because they’ll allow you to fine tune the mood in any room at the drop of a hat and second, because they’ll save you money in the process.
- Motion sensors – Like dimmers this technology has been around a while but is only now seeing application in residential settings. Having your lights hooked up to motion sensors in key parts of the house will ensure you never leave the laundry room light on for days and will give stairways, hallways and other parts of the home a futuristic tilt that will blow guests away.
If you dread the arrival of the electric bill every month. If you wish you could find an energy-efficient way to enhance the look of your decor. If you are ready to embrace true 21st century lighting technology then give Hotwire Electric a call and speak to Hannah or one of our other highly qualified lighting experts. They’ll help set you on a path toward a more beautiful and affordable future.