North Shore Project Director, Andrew Astorquia and Managing Director Hewitson Homes, Joel Hewitson controlling the smart home on display at North Shore. Picture: Shae Beplate.TOMORROW’S living today is now a reality with a local builder offering an integrated home energy and automation system with their new homes. Hewitson Homes, based at Townsville’s North Shore, is offering the $25,000 new generation system for just $7000 with every build.The Green Energy and Home Automation Package includes solar panels with battery storage and the new generation home automation system with voice activation. Hewitson Homes director Joel Hewitson said buyers have the chance to be first adopters for what would soon be popular inclusions in new homes. “This type of integrated technology has come a long way over the past five years to a point where it is changing and enhancing the lives of families,” he said.“The automation system complements the solar and battery component to reduce energy consumption as you are able to control essentially anything in your home that can be powered on or off. As energy costs continue to rise this will have more and more impact on the cost of living for families. “It will be those who adopt this technology first who will benefit the most.” More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The home automation system can be controlled via an app on your smartphone, computer, tablet or simply by your voice. Voice prompts such as: “Hey Google, I’m awake. Make coffee, please” will switch on the coffee machine, turn on desired lighting and put the morning news on TV for you.“The options available in this system are almost endless,” Mr Hewitson said.“You can arrange to voice control the window blinds, airconditioning and TVs.“Google can even recommend movies or music to play, which it will then automatically find from your allocated cloud library.“Hewitson Homes has worked closely with our local suppliers and trades to produce this Green Energy Automation Package, making it an affordable system easily incorporated on our new builds. “This system can grow as your needs change throughout your life within your home.” ■ The Green Energy and Home Automation System is on display at the Hewitson Homes display home at Barramundi Circuit, North Shore. For further information call Joel Hewitson on 0421 463 937.