Smart Energy Home winner announced


CAM and Chloe Waru are set for a year living in PowerNet’s smart-tech house.

The Winton couple and their 2-year-old daughter, Maci, were selected from a pool of applicant families for the opportunity to live for free in an Invercargill house equipped with smart technologies.

PowerNet project manager Dyson Gentle said they were delighted and surprised with the interest shown and the quality of the applications received.

Mr Waru had submitted a “very entertaining video and the PowerNet team could see the potential the family had to successfully promote the project”.

The couple were also enthusiastic about smart technologies. The house is equipped with solar panels, battery storage, energy smart appliances and hot water powered by a heat pump exchanger. The Warus will also have the use of an electric car and a juice point charger installed at the address.

The project is part of PowerNet’s drive to understand emerging technologies and leverage these to create better efficiencies for its customers. The company already operates a fleet of electric vehicles.

For the Warus, it will be an opportunity to experience the technologies first-hand and to contribute their own insights about using smart technologies.

“We are super excited to have been chosen as the tenants – we’re still in a little bit of shock. It’s going to be an awesome year living in the house and being a part of PowerNet’s experiment in the Smart Energy Home – we can’t wait to get moved in,” Mr Waru said.

The Warus will move into the house in early March.

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