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Bleeding Edge

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
energy, spy planes



City Sends Spy Planes Out To Determine If Your Home Is Wasting Energy

from the only-trying-to-help dept

It's no secret that not everyone realizes how wasteful they are of energy resources. However, apparently one city in the UK went to rather extreme measures to make that point clear to residents in the city. It hired a spy plane to fly over the city and take heat loss photos across the entire city. The photos were then matched to a city map, displaying which houses were leaking the most heat at the time the spy plane passed over. Eventually, the entire map was put online so everyone could see which buildings were wasting the most energy. What's unclear is whether or not these heat maps convinced anyone to actually do anything (or if it just freaked people out).

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Sep 2007 @ 8:24pm

    It seems to me that this isn't illegal or overly intrusive. This is just showing which places are putting out the most heat. The city map, anyone could find so that's not a big deal. The infrared isn't intrusive either. It would be a problem if it somehow allowed people to see into other people's homes or allowed people to see what certain people were doing inside their homes, but it doesn't.

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