With the integration of natural lighting and ventilation, solar and fuel cell power, more efficient appliances and lighting and even electric vehicle charging, we really felt like Panasonic had left no green stone unturned in its Eco Ideas House – until our tour guide took us to the home’s awesome e-work office. The office goes even deeper into exploring the ways that people can cut down on CO2 in their lifestyles by creating the perfect work-at-home setup. Working from home obviously saves gas and slashes emissions but it may not seem feasible if your job demands face-to-face meetings with colleagues or the need to show samples to clients in person. The Eco Ideas Home’s powerful telecommuting office really blew us away with a demonstration where we interfaced with a Panasonic employee in a remote office (no lag whatsoever!). Our tele-colleague even showed us detailed documents in fine print and fabric swatches on our screen and they came through crystal clear. Try doing that on Skype! This element in the home really demonstrated to us that Panasonic isn’t just about manufacturing energy-efficient products. They also grasp the bigger picture about living a greener lifestyle overall.
Last but not least, we took a peek at a technology that is not currently available yet but is in the works. In the future, Panasonic envisions your home being able to offer you eco-advice like the tip seen above based on the weather and other environmental factors. A house that tells you when to do the laundry may not seem a little scary (HAL, anyone?) but we may very well be seeing it in our own homes soon.