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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    Dave, 9 Sep 2007 @ 1:41am

    Poor Method of Determining Energy Waste!

    What about all the homes/buildings using A/C to cool their places, or maintain a certain temp? Infra-red will show them as cool, yet they are consuming a fair amount of energy to maintain this cool. Imagine how much a cold-storage place would use!

    When I think about roof type construction -vs- heat loss -vs- air conditioning use... I begin to think of how useless this data/map really is.

    Not to mention the fact that this is merely a snap-shot in time that only shows HEAT LOSS for a given building at a specific point in time. You would have to have continuous monitoring over say an entire month to create any useful data that would show where to focus energy conservation.

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