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‘Zoom Your Roof’ Project Exposes Wasted Energy

This new aerial map lets people see their homes in infrared vision! Cool. But what's the point?

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Photo: Martin Tod

The hottest parts are bright, warm colors and the cold parts are dark, cool colors.

At A Moment of Science, we recently looked at the importance of conserving energy in our homes. Remember?

If not, go turn off your TV and flip off the lights down the hall. We’ll wait.

Ok. Back to business.

Belgian scientists have come up with a pretty cool (or HOT) idea for helping people look at the energy efficiency of their homes. It’s called the Zoom Into Your Roof project. It is a clever combo of satellite and aerial images that create an online map, similar to that of Google Maps.

The difference is, this map has heat vision! The hottest parts are bright, warm colors and the cold parts are dark, cool colors. Makes sense. This infrared vision is useful, because it allows the community to see where the most energy is being used (or wasted)!

Read More:

  • The Project — Zoom Into Your Roof (AGIV)
  • Infrared Maps Give Belgian Homeowners a Bird’s-Eye View of Their Houses’ Energy Efficiency (PopSci)
  • Infrared Map Shows Home Insulation Slackers (Discovery)

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elizabeth-Marshall/1030369185 Elizabeth Marshall

    hmm. link about goes to german site with germany map- any link to USA available?

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