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).

Filed Under: energy, spy planes


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    claire rand, 9 Sep 2007 @ 1:00pm

    Air con? wasn't this a british thing?

    A/C isn't all that common here, we tend to use more heating.

    I think this is a _very_ good idea, especially when you point out to people that you only have to waste 'x' amount of heat before fitting insulation would have been cheaper..

    appeal directly to peoples pockets.

    as for costing a fortune, well i doubt it was a real spyplane, easier to use the local plods helicopter with a thermal camera for the same effect. but then would that have got in the news?

    I'd be interested to see a thermal piccy of this place

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