Villagers hope they won't see red as thermal images show heat escaping
RESIDENTS in Appleby Magna will see their homes turn blue, orange or even red when photographs taken by a new thermal imaging scheme are revealed.
The local parish council and community group Appleby Environment have been given a grant of £4,250 to fund a project to use thermal imaging equipment on all 500 homes in the village to assess which houses are wasting energy by losing heat.
Colourful evidence... the red areas of this thermal image show where most heat is being lost.
The Climate Friendly Communities Grant comes from the Rural Community Council and Leicester County Council and will fund 75 per cent of the cost of the scheme.
The results of the survey will be the focus of an exhibition to be held on Saturday March 5 in Appleby's church hall.
Thermal images show the extent of heat being lost from properties, with the loss indicated by a colour scale on the image, varying from blue – no heat lost – to red – lots of heat escaping.
The exhibition will show some of these images and give practical help on how to keep the heat in – helping residents to stay warm and save money.
The images will be collected from a vehicle driving along the village's roads. The local school, the church and church hall will also be surveyed.
Sonia Liff, who chairs Appleby Environment, said: "In Appleby we have houses from the 16th to the 21st century. We want to show residents that wherever you live there are ways to save energy – and lots of them are inexpensive and simple to do. Heating houses is also a major part of household energy use so we also want to use the images to show this aspect of Appleby's carbon footprint. As a village we can then think about how to reduce our impact on the environment."