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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    Robin Barrett, 12 Sep 2007 @ 10:19am

    Heat Maps/Utility Monitoring

    While sealing up buildings to cut down on hear loss, this also cuts down on fresh air flow................which contributes to sick building syndrome, allergies and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

    Since the 70's when the US had a spurt of energy consciousness and started to seal up buildings, allergies and chemical sensitivities have been on the rise. Also, during this time frame our use of questionable cleaning products and syntheitic air fresheners, personal fragrances and perfumed products for cleaning clothes has increased. We are making ourselves sick.

    In 1968 my first child was born and I read Dr. Spock's baby book............he suggested that the perfect temp for a healthy baby is 68 and that there should always be a window cracked in bedrooms to allow the flow of fresh air.

    Here in the midwest of the US, we overcool and overheat most of our buildings................people do not have control of thermostats...................main computer for this school district where I worked in St. Louis was located in Atlanta.................heat on in the spring sometimes and air on in the winter...................and by time problem was corrected, weather changed..........common sense needs to be used..................people wear sweaters and jackets in restaurants in the summer in ST. Louis.................I know people who keep their air down so low that they wear sweats and use comforters while watching TV in the summer time..........and have their heat up so high that they wear summer clothes at home in the winter...................

    We have many challenges in our relationship to the environment and the connection of our health. However, we need to stop trading one problem for another.

    Please google for more information about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

    robin

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