Yuka Yoneda

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Takes a Peek Inside the Panasonic Eco Ideas House in Tokyo, Japan

by , 11/07/11

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In addition to strategically placed skylights and windows that maximize daylighting, an intuitive lighting system senses how much natural light is available and adjusts the LED lights in the room accordingly. During the day, most lights are left off and as the sun sets, more lights turn on gradually. The homeowner can also control all of this manually via the Home Energy Management System (HEMS), and can even visualize the amount of energy being consumed at any given moment in the house. The HEMS can be accessed via TV or through a laptop or other smart device, giving the user full control and the ability to understand where excess power is being used and how to save it.

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As if we weren’t envious enough of the fictitious homeowner who gets to live in the Eco Ideas House, it turns out that they also own a sweet little EV parked in a snazzy glass-enveloped garage. And as luck would have it, Panasonic doesn’t just make smart home management systems, LED lights and water-saving washing machines – they also make residential electric vehicle chargers. We tried this one, which is already on the market in Japan out and were impressed with how easy it was. Panasonic explained that in the future, they even envision electric cars as possible backup power modules for homes in case of emergency situations.

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