Program helps to save home heating costs

Special camera sees heat loss from a house.

WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Westport residents can take advantage of a new program to see how heat is escaping from their homes, and what they can do to keep that energy money inside.

In the dark, it is tough for our camera to see this house, but it glows brightly on a different camera.

“What we’re looking at is the heat escaping from the home and what you can see is where, from the walls and your windows and your doors, heat is escaping from the home,” said Tim D’Souza of Sagewell, Inc.

This house actually belongs to Westport State Representative Jonathan Steinberg. Westport has been encouraging and helping people to make homes like his more efficient.

“So when the home energy audit program was put into effect several years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to see what I might do for my home,” said Rep. Steinberg.

As a result, his house does not glow as brightly as some others do on the thermal camera. Tim D’Souza’s company, Sagewell, Inc., drove up and down every street in Westport taking thermal pictures of houses to see where heat is escaping. No need to worry, it is nothing creepy, they cannot see you inside.

“We’re in front of a home for no more than a couple of seconds, and what homeowners can do then is request a thermal imgaing report,” said D’Souza.

Thermal imaging shows how much heat escapes from a home.
Thermal imaging shows heat escaping  from a home.

If this sounds like a good idea to you, you are in luck because it is going to be available soon in some other Connecticut towns such as West Hartford, Portland and in Windham.

In Westport, the Green Task Force wants everybody to get the pictures, because seeing the heat leaking out of your home is believing.

“If you’re talking to me, I can explain things, but if you see it, it’s much more powerful,” said David Mann from the Westport Green Task Force.

This report is free. On the other hand, a home energy solutions visit to improve your home costs between $75 and $100, but usually ends up saving homeowners hundreds more every year.

“Well, as we like to say, the cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use – meaning, don’t waste it,” said Rep. Steinberg.

The scans are done by Sagewell, Inc. Westport homeowners who want more information can visit wegreenwestport.org.

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