Visit our eco-friendly concept home at Vancouver home show

Designer Ami McKay designe the Power Smart Home at the 2013 Vancouver Home and Design Show.
Designer Ami McKay included a few living walls - basically indoor walls covered by vegetation - in her design of the Power Smart Home at this year's Vancouver Home and Design Show.

Talk to our community team, talk to a designer, build a Power Plan

Posted by Blaine Kyllo

BC Hydro Power Smart has a new home — or at least part of one — at this week's Vancouver Home and Design Show.

Come to BC Place from Thursday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 20 and visit our Power Smart concept home, dreamed up by trend-setting designer Ami McKay.

The booth isn’t a complete house — there are no bedrooms and the kitchen isn’t complete — but that was, of course, by design. Ami conceived of the space so that visitors can walk through and see the eco-friendly elements she incorporated.

"There are living walls on either side of the entrance," she says, adding that she designed the dining room around a stunning LED fixture. "It’s so beautiful," she says of the light.

In the living room are two ENERGY STAR® televisions, one playing Power Smart Month videos and the other showing how you can create a Power Plan and enter two win a $10,000 ENERGY STAR® prize package courtesy of Samsung.

The Power Plan experience at helps you get an idea of how much money you can save by making simple changes in your home. Even Ami, who makes a point of knowing about sustainable and energy-efficient design choices, learned something when she created a Power Plan.

“It taught me that most of the energy I use goes to hot water,” she reveals. “I didn’t know that.”

BC Hydro community team members at the booth will be equipped with iPads, so you can complete your own Power Plan and find out how much you could save by reducing your energy consumption. Or you can visit on your mobile device to fill out your Power Plan.

And don't forget to enter to win the Samsung prize package.

Get 2-for-1 admission to the Vancouver Home and Design Show

BC Hydro Power Smart is offering 2-for-1 admission to this year's show when you use our promotional code POWERSMART online. Just go to the Vancouver Home and Design Show Buy Tickets page, select the button to buy tickets and use the code in the promo box.

See Ami McKay at the show

Ami will be also be at the BC Hydro booth with advice on creating beautiful and energy-efficient spaces. Bring your questions and prepare to be inspired.

Ami will be at the BC Hydro Power Smart Home on Friday (2-4 p.m.), Saturday (1-3 p.m.) and Sunday (2-4 p.m.)

Blaine Kyllo is a Vancouver-based writer and frequent contributor to