See where buildings waste heat
Householders or other building users get to see vivid pictures of where they are wasting heat. It’s a real eye-opener to see gaps in insulation, draughts and central heating problems that are usually invisible. It’s also shows hidden structures like a wooden framework behind plasterboard.
Check your builders
When you’re having work done, explain you’re keen on energy efficiency. At our home thermal imaging revealed some very poorly placed insulation, which was much easier to fix before our floor was re-laid.
Fuel Poverty and Health
UK’s housing generally has dire energy efficiency.
Over 10% of UK households are in fuel poverty, with serious health effects: excess winter deaths average 26,000/year. The World Health Organisation estimates between 30% and 50% are due to illnesses caused by living in cold homes. This implies the UK has at least four times as many deaths from cold homes as on our roads.
Motivate fixing the problems
Plymouth University & 21st Century Living Project gave extensive home energy advice to home-owners, some of whom also got a thermal imaging survey. They fixed significantly more heat-loss problems than those with no thermal images.
Get comfortable and help tackle climate change
By fixing draughts and poor insulation we can have more comfortable homes. And/or you can save on gas and electricity consumption, cutting bills and carbon emissions. About 20% of UK carbon footprints are from home energy.
It’s really satisfying identifying thermal problems and fixing them. And other people are really appreciative if you help them to.
Thermal Imaging has become more affordable
It’s been hard for community groups or individuals to offer thermal imaging because the cost of thermal cameras has been typically £2000-3,000. Now there are smartphone add-on thermal cameras for £200, enabling much wider citizen involvement.
This guide aims to help with this.