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High tech tool could save firms a fortune in wasted energy.

Businesses across Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire could save thousands of pounds a year in wasted energy by using state-of-the-art technology provided by a regional energy saving charity.

David Jullien, chief executive of local authority funded Act on Energy ex-x plained: "The thermal imaging camera highlights exactly where heat is being lost from a building.

"It can also detect damp, which means if premises have leaking roofs detecting the problems early could save a good deal of remedial work further down the line."

The survey involves taking external and internal images of the building to give a clear overall picture of where action needs to be taken. External images alone can be difficult to interpret. For example a cold outside wall could mean it's well insulated and the heat is not escaping or that it's poorly insulated and very cold inside.

The charity is currently undertaking a number of thermal imagining audits of council buildings across the region to show them how they can improve insulation and make other energy saving measures.

And it has taken thermal images of a number of well known edifices to highlight the effectiveness of its new service. David Jullien explained: "Solihull Council House is clearly fully heated from the temperature of all of the windows and, considering the image was taken at 8pm, they either work late or need to reset their heating timer. The outside walls look as though they are insulated but it's a bit patchy and the position of the internal floor is clearly visible, indicating thermal bridging from the inside."

Touchwood shopping centre is losing a good deal of heat from the main entrance and the ground floor windows but the main building is fairly well insulated.

The thermal imaging camera is just one way Act on Energy is helping businesses across the region improve their energy efficiency.

It offers full scale energy audits highlighting areas where businesses could reduce energy waste and runs a scheme - EESEE (Energy Efficiency Scheme for Employers and Employees) - aimed at encouraging staff to be energy efficient at home and bring in those good practices into the work place.

David Jullien is well respected globally as an expert on energy efficiency -and addressed an international conference on creating a Climate Change Strategy in Portugal last year.

For more information on the EESEE scheme, thermal imaging camera and other advice on saving energy visit www.actonenergy.org.uk http://www.actonenergy.

org.uk or call Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881.

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Thermal images show the Council House and Touchwood Shopping centre in Solihull. Inset: Act on Energy chief executive David Jullien
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Date:May 6, 2010
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