Being able to see where heat is escaping from your own home is a powerful—and underutilized—way to encourage home energy retrofits, especially when those infrared images are packaged with other incentives and promoted within your community. That’s a key finding that researchers want energy efficiency promoters across Canada to know. Some 63 per cent of energy use in Canadian homes is from space heating, so heat loss is expensive and wasteful.
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Drones fitted with thermal cameras can provide footage of less accessible areas such as roofs, as well as comparisons across communities or even cities, as shown in this clip from Optris.