In order to make the most of the clean energy that is generated, Panasonic plans to equip each home with energy saving air conditioners, washing machines, LED lights and AV equipment similar or perhaps even identical to the models we saw in the Eco Ideas House and the Eco Navi House. These machines are so intelligent that they can actually remember what a family’s eating habits are and adjust refrigerator temps accordingly or detect where a person is in a room and direct a concentrated flow of heat right towards them instead of needlessly warming the entire space. While each appliance would be able to cut electricity usage on its own, Panasonic has linked them together using an integrated Home Energy Mangement System (HEMS), which allows them to communicate with one another for optimal energy savings.
While we were certainly all interested in the clean tech features of each home, the question on everyone’s lips seemed to be “how much will they cost?!” Mr. Ishio explained that typical (non-eco) residences in the Fujisawa area, which is a relaxed, beach area that is close enough to Tokyo to commute daily aren’t exactly cheap, running about $500,000 on average. Ishio also indicated that that was the approximate number he was hoping to meet for a home in Fujisawa SST also. And while the town has an estimated completion date of 2014, Ishio expressed that they would start placing the homes on the market as early as next year.
Want to see what a home inside Fuijisawa Sustainable Smart Town might look like? Click through our gallery for pics of the Eco Navi House, which is full of Panasonic‘s latest green innovations, some of which you may very well find in a Fujisawa SST residence in 2014!
Editor’s note: This reporter’s travel expenses were covered by Panasonic.