Select Families to Live Rent-Free in an Australian Smart House Select Families to Live Rent-Free in an Australian Smart House
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Select Families to Live Rent-Free in an Australian Smart House

by Alicia Capetillo

February 10, 2010
A company in Australia is offering families the chance to live rent-free in an energy- and water efficient smart house as part of an experiment to test new renewable and efficiency technologies. Energy Australia and Sydney Water ask only that prospective tenants show an interest in environmental issues, have experience in some field of journalism, and be willing to detail their experiences throughout the experiment. Treehugger reports:
The house package itself is said to sport rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, a 2kW BlueGen fuel cell converting natural gas into electricity, an electric car, OLED TV, state-of-the-art lighting solutions (controlled plasma, CFL, LED). The Newington Smart Home will also be fitted with a HAN, or Home Area Network, such that lighting and household appliances can be remotely controlled by an iPhone. And there is much more besides.
Drooling? Fit the criteria? Applications are due soon for interested families with a penchant for writing.Photo via Energy Australia
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Select Families to Live Rent-Free in an Australian Smart House