Drones Used in Small Minnesota Town to Detect Energy Efficiency
How would you feel about this new technology?
The use of drones to detect whether or not your home is energy efficient was developed in Germany. And recently was tried out in the small town of Warren, Minnesota. The images that they get show where and how heat is distributed. A person can see infrared images off the roof, or by windows. That way a person can see if windows need to be replaced or if some other action needs to take place.
Warren’s initiative is among the first in the country to employ drones to detect heat loss in buildings. Shannon Mortenson, Warren’s city administrator, said she and other staff members got the idea after visiting the northern German city of Arnsberg as part of the Climate-Smart Municipalities program sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.
The scans from any home are only available to the home owner.
This is one of those topics that can be a bit controversial. I feel like people may feel that their privacy is being invaded. On the other hand, it could save someone quite a bit of money.