Savings on Your Hydro Bill and Saving the Environment: It’s a Beautiful View Through This Window

Maintaining a comfortable living environment in the throes of summer or in the midst of winter can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to be conscious of conserving energy and reducing emissions. We are told in the summer to use air conditioning sparingly and to draw the curtains, open the windows, and use fans whenever possible.  In the winter we are told to limit our use of heat and to bundle up. We’ve heard all of this before, but the constant effort of trying to stay cool or keep warm can end up being quite a lot of work for minimal results on your energy bill and a minimal reduction of emissions. In Canada in particular, our climate changes so drastically that this is a very real concern. It is encouraging to know, however, that there are inspirational Canadian companies working hard on finding solutions to these lifestyle concerns that also impact our environment.

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One company that has come up with a solution is eTime Energy Inc. eTime Energy is a Canadian based sustainable solutions provider “focused on providing North America with the right green technologies that make significant progress towards cutting down carbon emissions and conserving energy.” They spent the last 7 years focusing on the weakest link of energy conservation: the effect of windows on a heated or cooled environment. Their solution to this problem is a simple window treatment that creates an HPS Heat Shield incorporating Nano technology.

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So how does it work? The coating is a clear liquid window treatment for glass and polycarbonates that is sprayed onto the surface of the window at one one-thousandth of a hair (8 microns thick). The Nano technology – titanium dioxide spherical particles that cause Infrared (IR) and UV rays to be reflected back – creates a thermal barrier stopping the transfer of heat from entering or exiting the coated window. Coated windows show a reduction in IR and UV ray penetration by 80-90%, a reduction of glare by 70%, and a continuous 10-20 degree temperature difference to uncoated windows. So what does this mean? This coating lowers temperatures by up to 20°C reducing cooling and heating loads by 20-30% and energy bills by 10%.

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Their design goals were to deflect the maximum amount of IR and UV rays (to reduce energy loads and consequently emissions) while also maintaining the maximum amount of visible light to diminish the need for artificial lighting. It was also designed to be clear to avoid optical distortion or disrupting the visual field of the window.

 

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Scientific facts and figures aside, this is a practical product that you don’t even notice is there and benefits both our environment and our wallets. Instead of bundling up this winter and installing plastic-film storm windows, perhaps this window treatment is a better way to go. Indeed, I think this is a home-run for eTime Energy and is exactly the type of technology that we have been waiting for.

For more information visit http://www.etimeu.com/ and for testimonials visit www.youtube.com/user/etimeenergycanada.

 

 

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Published in Fashion Weekly magazine October 2013.

Hottest Interior Design Trends of 2013

All of the latest fashion and home design magazines are buzzing about the hottest interior design trends of 2013:

  1. Brass and gold furniture accents
  2. Elegant graceful design or classic/traditional fabrics
  3. Homey kitchens
  4. Computer generated fabrics
  5. High gloss paints on woodwork and mouldings but dark-stained wood tones
  6. James Mont Furniture
  7. Emphasis on art
  8. Bright paint colours or softer pastel hues
  9. Sophisticated man caves
  10. Antique furniture

The brass and gold furniture accents can be easily found in lamps, candlesticks, picture frames, etc., and stand out nicely against the dark-stained wood tones.

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There are still some brighter paint colours showing up in 2013 designs, but for the most part last-years pops of colour have been replaced by softer pastel hues. These softer paint colours are also accentuated by soft coloured couches, chairs, blankets, throw pillows – any of the comfortable and soft furniture elements. Classic or traditional fabrics are seen on throw pillows and in drapery, simplifying the living space into one that is comfortable and elegant, while antique furniture is showing up in chests and dressers that become focal pieces tying entire rooms together.

 

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And finally, the ever more popular man cave is upping the ante to include more higher-scale media and gadgets.

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So what do these new trends mean for everyday consumers? Well first, it doesn’t mean that everything in your house is outdated and that you have to start over. These new trends can be anywhere from inspirational cues to prompt a re-design, or they can merely be tantalizing suggestions to add to already admired décor. Ultimately, how one decorates one’s home is subject less to current trends and more to the personalization of living space; one picks colour palates and furniture that displays one’s personality. This is usually a slow, organic process to choose the optimal wall colour, finding that lamp that’s just right or that chair that pulls together the whole space. In the end, though, these pieces of furniture, artwork, and colour palates mean something – they are what turn a house into a home and express those living in it. It’s often the “stuff” accumulated through living life – those things that aren’t in any home décor catalogues – that truly make a great living space. That old armchair inherited from your grandfather, that painting you bought on vacation, mouldings of your children’s handprints; these are the decoration pieces that tell a story and that are completely unique and can’t be found anywhere else. It is in blending these older significant items with newer trends that really bring a space to life and keep it from getting too out of date.

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Indeed, there are many exciting new trends showing up this year that you may want to keep your eyes open for, but in the end, home décor is about self-expression that exists outside of time-frames. Your home, like your clothing, needs to fit you – it needs to express who you are inside and out.

 

Sources Stating 2013 Trends:

  1. Home Beautiful Magazine http://www.housebeautiful.com/shopping/decorating-trends/2013-interior-design-trends-1212#slide-1 (all photos taken from this site).
  2. Wilton Patch Blog http://wilton.patch.com/groups/ann-linebergers-blog/p/bp–2013-interior-design-trends

 

Published in Fashion Weekly magazine, September 2013