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Schneider Electric building homes with Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor

Beyond user awareness, the Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor gives Country Homes' clients – the homeowners – 24-hour a day monitoring of household appliances.

January 17, 2022   by CM Staff

Building Better: Sustainability is built into every house (CNW Group/Schneider Electric Canada Inc.)

MISSISSAUGA — Woodbridge, Ont.-based Country Homes, is focusing on sustainability by using products like Schneider Electric’s Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor to help achieve environmental goals. “‘Building better’ is one of our key slogans. We’re always planning for the future. We’re doing what we can now to give our children and grandchildren a healthier planet, and be proud of what we’re building,” says Christian Rinomato Head of Sustainability for Country Homes.

“It’s part of our commitment to quality. Sustainability is an extension of that drive to be good in what you do, and create a good product for your customer,” adds Corey McBurney, Managing Director of Sustainability for the Rinomato Group of Companies, Country Homes’ parent company.

However, builders won’t commit if there’s no demand. “We’ve seen studies that show energy efficiency is in the top five of homebuyers’ requests,” says Rinomato. “I believe it’s going to be a much larger priority in the coming years, and then it will become the norm. Buyer adoption is going to happen naturally. This is where the world is heading.”

In order to reduce their energy consumption homeowners need to be informed of how much energy they’re consuming, and the Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor, Schneider Electric’s home energy monitoring solution is being used to try and achieve this.

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“I instantly fell in love with the Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor. I’ve installed it in my own home,” says Rinomato. “It gives you so much information at your fingertips.”

With that information, it’s easy to make little modifications, such as turning off lights, unplugging items that don’t need to be plugged in, and setting up zoned heating and cooling, that can have a big impact.

Beyond user awareness, the Wiser Energy Smart Home Monitor gives Country Homes’ clients – the homeowners – 24-hour a day monitoring of household appliances, their HVAC system, and any other electronic devices connected to their electrical panel, giving them real-time energy consumption data and security alerts.

“We’re trying to future-proof our homes. It’s a lot easier for us to do it now than for a homeowner to do it later,” Rinomato. That’s why electric vehicle rough-ins have been standard in all Country Homes since 2018. “Solar energy, battery storage, EV chargers, those are all elements of our community design plans going forward,” says Rinomato.