Council launches eco-friendly thermal map

Flying heat-sensitive cameras have been used to draw up a thermal map of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire in the UK, to show how much energy is being wasted through poor insulation

The high-tech map - created using a modified version of the technology used by military night vision goggles - will be used to show homeowners how much heat they are wasting.

On the council's website, residents can enter their postcodes and get a colour coded picture showing the heat escaping from their roof and walls.

The initiative is part of the council's Warm Zone programme, which is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to suitable homes.

Cllr Martyn Bolt, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: "The thermal image is a vital tool for communicating with residents. It clearly shows the scale of the problem and we hope it will encourage residents and businesses to address the issue. The images also support our work to tackle fuel poverty and climate change in the borough."

Image: An extract from the thermal map of Kirklees

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