Council buys infra-red camera to help Sidmouth residents halt ‘leaking heat’, cut carbon emissions and slash energy bills

Green-minded civic leaders in Sidmouth have splashed cash on an infra-red camera so residents can see where heat is ‘escaping’ from their homes.

The town council is offering free thermal imaging scans of properties as it strives to cut carbon emissions – and save householders cash on their energy bills.

Volunteers will be visiting properties as part of the scheme.

A Sidmouth Town Council spokesperson said: “We as a town can reduce our emissions if we all as residents work to reduce ours individually.

“The council has purchased an infra-red camera and is offering residents of the Sid Valley an opportunity to have a thermal image photo taken of their house to show where you are losing precious warmth.

“We have a small team of volunteers who will visit interested householders to take photos, and these will be emailed to you.

“With an infra-red camera, you can literally see where the heat is escaping.”

The authority’s environment policy aims to make it a low-carbon town.

The spokesperson added: “The photos above are infrared images of a door taken from outside and inside. In a thermal image, yellow shows hotter areas and pink/purple the cooler areas.

“On the outside, the door is radiating heat. On the inside, the central heating is working but it cannot keep up with the heat being lost and the door is cold. The door will carry on wasting your heat until the weather outside is warmer than the inside of the house.

“As we all know, keeping a house warm is expensive, wasting heat is wasting money. Also, no matter how your home is heated, wasting heat causes extra CO2 emissions, and that is bad for our nature, our valley, and our world.”

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