You simply plug it in. For real. No petrol, ever. As I silently cruised past the queues of cars at the petrol station last night I literally had to resist the temptation to roll down the window and shout out: “Sucked in, petrol heads!” But I’m not that kinda girl so I just said it […]
As I unplugged the iMiEV this morning I felt a little like I was 17 again and about to take my first drive without my dad or a driving instructor, ie nervous. I switched it on (you simply turn a switch, no need for a key) and…dead silence. Just a light saying “Ready” to alert […]
Yesterday morning saw the delivery of the MiEV – Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle — to the Smart Home, making us the first private Australian citizens to have one in their garage (I know, right, call the Guinness Book!) There was high excitement all around, from Clare and I, from Mark Whyte, Mitsubishi’s Sales And Development […]
A handful of independent politicians could decide who becomes Prime Minister in the time it takes me to wash, condition and rinse my hair. Okay, 17 minutes not 17 days. But until recently the long, hot shower was alive and well and pouring precious H2O down our drain. In the smart home things have improved. We are more […]
Given that the Smart Home has several cutting-edge technologies, it’s amusing that the one device that unfailingly causes visitors to say “Wow!” is a humble little black disc that goes by the name of Roomba. Roomba is our robot vacuum cleaner. They’ve been on the market for years. Millions have been sold around the world. […]
Here’s a brief snippet of EnergyAustralia’s Paul Myors explaining how households in Newington and other areas will be equipped with trial energy dashboards on their PCs so they may monitor their usage against other homes in their area.
On Sunday we opened the smart home for Sustainable House Day. This is a great initiative that allows people to take a peek at what other home owners are doing to create more sustainable homes and get information straight from green horses’ mouths. Now in its 10th year, over 40,000 people visited 272 homes around Australia. We had […]
Last Saturday afternoon, we hosted a little “Meet The Neighbours” get together in which those Newington residents who live closest to the Smart Home — and who patiently put up with the months of development involved in retrofitting the house and landscaping the garden — dropped in for a chat and cuppa and sandwich. It […]