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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  1. identicon
    Confused, 10 Sep 2007 @ 10:30am

    EM spectrum

    > Because it uses spectrum not normally visibile, it runs
    > afoul of the fourth amendment

    I'm always confused by this reasoning. It's all just the EM spectrum, what difference does it make if it is visible or not? If you are emitting energy at any wavelength into a public space (say the street), and it is detected there using a passive detector, why isn't that fair game for anyone to observe? If you want to hide it, make sure you HIDE IT!

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