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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    Chris Maresca, 7 Sep 2007 @ 11:51pm

    Re: Heat Maps / Utility Monitoring

    I dunno, when I started my company, I had a dozen servers in my house, one of which was a monster RAID5 7U quad-processor thing. My electricity bill went up by $25/month for just that machine, and has gone down by about $75-$100 since all the stuff was colo'd.

    I'd venture to guess that around Silicon Valley, it's not that unusual. A couple of friends have small datacenters in the their houses, I'd think that all of those make a 'huge difference'.

    Chris.

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