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Last week, Tesla announced Australian pre-orders for its solar roof, with installations starting in 2018. The idea is fantastic — replace your house roof with solar tiles that look good, generate power and are even more durable than existing options. But in the real world, is it worth the price? We crunch the numbers to find out.

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Winter is fast approaching and many solar panel owners are already anticipating the drop in solar power output that comes in the cooler months. With shorter days, more cloud cover and the sun shining at a different angle, it feels like a foregone conclusion to lose up to a third of your solar system’s usual output. But don’t despair too quickly — there are things that can be done to make sure your panels continue operating as efficiently as possible all through the winter.

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There's an abundance of amazing home smart tech hitting the market. From Samsung's Family Hub 2.0 fridge to the Amazon Alexa and Google Home (hopefully) finally hitting our shores. But there's more to the smart home than gadgets.

Let's take a look at how home automation and new tech like Tesla battery storage, smart thermostats, grid credits and smart meters are revolutionising our power consumption. Which also has a positive impact on both the environment and our bank accounts.

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Aussie home builder Metricon Homes has teamed up with solar provider CSR Bradford to offer a 5kW 'Solar ChargePack' including a Powerwall 2 battery, solar panels and inverter to every new house that the company builds in South Australia. It's saying the battery and solar setup, at a small additional cost on top of, y'know, an actual house, could make residents up to 90 per cent self-sufficient and save over $2000 in electricity bills per year.

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Tesla has announced that it's issuing a voluntary recall for Model S and Model X SUVs built between February and October 2016 over a potential manufacturing issue. Specifically, it's related to a gear in electric parking brakes that could've been manufactured improperly and if that gear breaks, it might prevent the brake from releasing.

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General Motors announced today that the new Cadillac CT6 will include a "Super Cruise" feature — described by the company as "the industry's first true hands-free driving technology for the highway". The technology is similar to Tesla's Autopilot feature that lets people take their hands off the wheel when they're driving in highway settings. But this type of driver-assistance capability is still new, and it falls in a legal grey area if it's involved in a crash.

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Enigmatic entrepreneur Elon Musk has no shortage of hobbies: sometimes, he makes cars. Other times, he likes to do a space thing or play Martian overlord. But now, the 45-year-old billionaire is turning his attention to the arts, as evidenced by a series of cryptic drawings he created using Tesla's new sketchpad feature, which is accessible once users download the 8.1 software update for the car's touchscreen. More impressive than the art itself, however, is the fact that Musk is using it to hint at the next wave of Tesla technology: unicorn fart-powered vehicles.

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Last Thursday, Tesla's plant in Fremont, California — where all the company's cars are manufactured — was thrown a curveball. Jose Moran, a worker trying to rally the plant's 6000+ employees to join the United Auto Workers union (UAW), alleged long hours, low pay and potentially unsafe equipment in a post. Now Tesla CEO Elon Musk has told Gizmodo he intends to look into the situation.