Thermal Imaging from the Street, Startups Promise Mass Energy Audits
Sagewell and Essses are two startups that apply thermal imaging to street-level imagery as in Google Street View. Both companies have developed business models to provide consumers thermal images of their homes and to make money on referrals.
An infrared image displays warmer and cooler areas of an object. Energy auditors use them to spot where drafts or lack of insulation indicate a significant amount of heat is being lost to the outdoors. On their own, they won’t tell a homeowner exactly how to make a home more energy efficient, but they can quickly help locate problem areas.
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