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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    Cabal, 8 Sep 2007 @ 7:11am

    Personally I'm all for this. It won't change everybody, but there will be some who are startled thier house was yellow, orange or even red. They will do something about it. Spending a few hundred gallons of jet fuel for even a marginal increase in efficiency in 1% of the reviewed households will pay back in exponential orders of magnitude. The flight is a one time cost. The savings are perpetual.

    Even if you don't believe in global warming, you must recognize power grids and fuel supplies are limited commodities. Every bit of efficiency you can encourage reduces the speed of consumption and expansion... not to mention your monthly expenses.

    Seriously, who loses here?

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