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.
The report, Motivating communities to retrofit their homes: The potential of thermal imaging in BC, has been produced by researchers at the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and funded by the University of Victoria-led Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). The UBC team examined the impact of programs in the United Kingdom and North America that used thermal imaging (TI) to encourage home improvements such as window and draft sealing, and insulation.
TI cameras produce digital images that show relative temperature differences—thus identifying problems such as heat loss from floors, windows, walls and roofs, dangerously hot electrical connections and areas of water leakage and damage. While thermal imaging isn’t a new technology, the report shows that combining visual evidence with incentives and community support can be a winning strategy.
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