Rental house in Sydney Olympic VillagePhoto: Energy AustraliaWant to live rent free for a year, and pay no costs for energy and water needs? Not enough incentive for you? How about the possibility of having a plug-in electric car in your garage, as well?

This is the deal that Energy Australia is offering, in concert with Sydney Water. They’ll be interviewing successful applicants, who will ideally be a family with kids to spend 12 months live-testing an energy and water smart home in the west of Sydney. The project that has been described by the NSW state government, one of the backers, as a ‘bit like “The Jetsons” meet “Big Brother.’

Newington was the Sydney Olympic Athletes Village in 2000. At the time it was one of the largest solar suburbs in the world. Now energy and water utilities are looking to ramp up the technologies considerably. And see it they work in the real world of family living.

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