Kate Brown was out in the cold weather in February taking thermal images of homes for the 50 people who signed up – thank you to Watlington Parish Council for the grant which has supported this trial project. If you took part, you’ll be getting your image very soon (some will have already received them). Please take 3 minutes to complete the questionnaire you’ll receive alongside the image, to get more detailed feedback on your home, and also to help us start to build an overview of the age, performance and heating needs of the homes in Watlington – this is something we are hoping to build on overtime, as heating homes is one of the main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.
Here's a collage of a few of the surveyed homes (householder approval is given). Red is warm and blue is cold in these images. In most of the images, windows are warmer than walls, and that’s very typical, as windows lose around 5 times more heat. Where the difference is less pronounced between walls and windows, this is usually because of high-performing windows, or low-performing walls (which is unfortunately very typical in historic, solid-wall homes). Note that the thermal scale is different in each image, so the houses can’t be compared to each other.
This imaging can only be carried out during cold weather, and when heating is on in the house, so it will be late next autumn before any more imaging can be carried out. If you’d like to add your name to an expression of interest for imaging next winter, please reply to our email address email@example.com.
There will be more news about our emerging Homes & Energy project in the next month, so please watch out for updates, and let us know if you’d like to get involved.