Eon Energy and Nationwide Drones have partnered to launch drone and laser scanner-led house ‘health assessments,’ promising to be able to check solar, heat pump, and insulation compatibility in under an hour.
Eon’s drone pilot home assessors have begun surveying walls, floors, and ceilings with body-worn mobile laser scanners and thermal analysis, with findings coming with aerial 4k resolution photos and high-resolution shots of a property’s roof and surrounding area to measure a home’s capacity for the right assets it needs.
Experts at Eon then use an in-house programme to analyze the photos and data and offer the most cost-effective energy efficiency options for the customer’s home, such as solar panels, air source heat pumps, and insulation.
According to their website, this is beneficial as it speeds up the process of assessing suitability for a range of technologies and energy efficiency measures quicker and more efficient than measuring by hand using laser or tape.
The data is then stored rather like an energy passport, removing the need for subsequent visits to the same property if further improvement work is later carried out.
What has Eon said about this?
Speaking on their website, Michael Lewis, CEO of Eon UK said: “This is in effect a home and energy health assessment, done by drone in under an hour and giving an inside-out image of all the areas where we can improve energy efficiency and make homes more comfortable for customers, as well as helping to reduce bills and carbon emissions.”
“Something like 19 million homes across the country are in urgent need of improvement but we know homeowners can often be left confused by the range of energy saving options. Our eye in the sky drone technology gives an accurate and speedy assessment of the most suitable and sustainable technologies.”
What do usual home and energy health assessments look like?
A typical evaluation may help you figure out how much energy your home uses, where it’s inefficient, and which problem areas and solutions you should prioritise in order to save money and enhance your home’s comfort.
A home energy specialist may use equipment such as blower doors, infrared cameras, gas leak and carbon monoxide detectors, moisture metres, and non-toxic smoke pens in addition to a room-by-room evaluation of the property.
How can they reduce your bills in the long run?
The amount you may save depends on a variety of factors, but depending on your energy use, households can save anywhere from 5 to 30% on their annual expenses.
Audits aren’t only about saving money; many people seek the help of experts when they want to improve their environmental impact and reduce their carbon footprint.