Building sustainable homes with modern design
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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Long before “influencers” existed, interior designers had an influence on their customers’ buying decisions. For environmentally conscious designers like Jo Alcorn, founder and director of Alcorn Home Design & Build, smart home technology is part of the picture, guiding homeowners towards a sustainable future.
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While Alcorn says she is “I’ve been designing things since I was a kid“Sustainability has been a fundamental principle since she started her business in 2005.”I think sustainability should be our everyday way of thinking. I only source sustainable products,” she says. That said, she recognizes that it can be difficult for clients to add additional upfront costs to their budget.”This can be a major selling point.”
But she feels that things are changing. With smart home technology becoming more prevalent and growing concerns about rising energy costs, talking about energy conservation”becomes a very easy conversationsays Alcorn, particularly with products like the Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor, which it finds “is sold.”
Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitoring System
“I recently heard about the Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor and thought it sounded fabulous,” she says. At the first opportunity, she presented the system to an equally enthusiastic customer who is installing it in his home.”It was an easy sell once they saw what he could dosays Alcorn. “It’s like an Apple Watch for your home, monitoring its heart rate and so on..”
The Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor gives homeowners round-the-clock monitoring of their home appliances, lighting, heating and cooling systems, and more. The system provides real-time energy consumption data and the peace of mind of being able to manage the system remotely. Are you worried that you left the stove on? You can check through the app. You can also use the app to turn on certain lights for added safety wherever you are.
Square D Wi-Fi Enabled Switches
Schneider Electric also offers a full line of stylish Square D™, X and XD WiFi switches that provide even more control and monitoring capabilities for homeowners. These WiFi-enabled switches and outlets can be controlled via the Wiser Home app, and Alexa or Google Home. This gives owners the possibility, for example, to create personalized lighting sequences while simultaneously monitoring energy consumption.
These sleek, durable, and easy-to-install smart switches also offer homeowners unprecedented design versatility. Screwless covers simply snap into place, allowing homeowners to effortlessly change the colors, style or finish of their smart switches and outlets.
These new features are bundled into fewer products giving customers all the benefits of any device they choose with a minimalist, easy-to-clean aesthetic. It’s quite a variation on the same theme: recessed options, easy to install and connected.
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“I am so excited that this product is out. It just makes so much sense when it comes to design aestheticssays Alcorn. “I use them for all my projects. I can’t stand looking at the screw heads from the old system. Why wasn’t it invented earlier?”
“We are all overworked and stressed. We really need to find balance in our lives, and smart home technology is one of the things that can help us achieve that.,” she says. “It gives you that peace of mind knowing that all your stuff – the lights, the oven, the heating system – is being monitored..”
Energy savings from being able to monitor your energy usage and make adjustments is an integral part of the sales pitch. Although there are additional upfront costs, Alcon can confidently tell its customers:You will save a lot of money in the future.”
But Alcorn wants to convey its point of view beyond its own customers. “As designers, we need to start the conversation about sustainability,” she says. “This is something we should have talked about years ago.”
Still, she feels reason to be optimistic. “I really think sustainability is starting to become the norm.”
As smart home technology, including Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor, becomes more accessible and easy to use, more homeowners will be able to track their electricity usage and incorporate sustainable living into their way of life.
As a designer, take this opportunity to educate your clients on how these new discoveries can help them do their part for the environment, while making their lives easier and more manageable. Click here to find out more.
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