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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    aaron, 8 Sep 2007 @ 4:49pm

    Re: Heat Maps / Utility Monitoring

    The fourth Amendment, huh? Well, with our current Administration all that is up for question you know. At least the DOJ, CIA, et al. were enjoined from issuing any more National Security Letters this week.

    Police do use thermal imagery for 'hot spot' detection. Instead of using that sole evidence - which may or may not be violating your rights - they simply go to the electric company and find out what your bill is.

    No matter how much you want to use - if you have a grow room lit up - it will make a huge difference. That's why most people steal the power from others, esp. commercial establishment.

    reply: why not just use a gas generator to supply your power???

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