This iPhone app could do for energy conservation what the MacIntosh did for computing. It’s a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Camera) device that clips onto the phone like a case. With it, you can see a thermal image of anything, and while that might be cool for night vision or wildlife tracking, it’s an amazing step forward in energy conservation. Thermal imaging of your doors, windows, roof and walls can tell you a lot about where your precious heat is leaking out of your home.
It wasn’t long ago that a FLIR camera cost thousands of dollars, meaning only professionals could access the technology. The FLIR One is expected to cost less than $350, putting it within reach of homeowners. Granted, it will take a lot of energy savings to achieve the payback on $350, but the harsh winter much of North America’s been experiencing means your investment could start paying back quickly.
There’s consensus that a home energy audit is the best step you can take to lower your energy bills, and now you can do it yourself. And besides, what could be more fun than taking thermal images of everything?