(SMH) — After an 18-month experiment in a futuristic house packed with high-tech gadgets and its own powerplant, a Sydney family is looking forward to moving into a century-old weatherboard cottage in the Blue Mountains.

Clare Joyce, Michael Adams and their daughter Ava lived in the Newington home, with the support of utility company Ausgrid and the state government’s climate change fund, to test out dozens of energy-saving devices.

Their every move was monitored by household electronics, from boiling a kettle to driving their plug-in electric car to the shops. The data will be used to help design energy policy.

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