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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    Enrico Suarve, 10 Sep 2007 @ 2:36am

    Not a bad idea really

    I quite like it and wish they would do it around us, it'd be useful to know if we are wasting a load of energy from ineffective insulation and let us know if it really is worth spending more money on this or not - costs me nothing to view and could help save me a few quid

    Added to this I'm looking to move house within the same area soon - I'd love to be able to check out the energy readings to get an idea of bills etc

    I just hope they average out readings for a few days or so to get them reasonably accurate, although some of the comments about empty buildings giving high heat readings seem odd

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