Taylor co-founded the business with chief science officer (and University of Calgary professor) Geoff Hay.
They have two goals: to get people thinking about home efficiency and to help them take action.
“Our first goal is just to get people to look at their house,” Taylor said.
“There’s been a number of studies done that when a homeowner sees a thermal image of their house, they’re much more likely to take action. It’s really to start the conversation around home energy efficiency.”
Anita Johnson’s home in St. Albert was given a Heat Score of five out of a possible 10. A lower score means that the house loses less energy, so her’s has moderate heat loss.
“I learned lots actually,” she said. “Some of the things I was expecting were totally spot on and then other things were very unexpected. Pot lights were probably at the top of the list.”
Johnson said, based on the heat map and the home inspection, she’s “definitely” going to make some changes.
“We already knew that the windows needed to be replaced, with it being an older home… but seeing some of these other things that came up and that they were smaller issues – a lot of heat was escaping but smaller things that you can do in order to fix it – those will be first on the list.”
When you click on the thermal image of your home, the website also suggests some ways to improve efficiency. There are small options – like adding weather stripping, caulking or additional insulation – and more major retrofits.
The experts agree even small changes will save energy and money down the road.
“There’s a big difference in utility costs between a home that has been tightened up, caulked up and sealed up compared to a home that hasn’t had that yet,” Merrell said.
In order to fund the project, MyHEAT received money from companies that sell home efficiency products and services (like Home Depot, Atco and Mike Holmes Inspections). While Taylor would love to see Albertans upgrading their homes, just making homeowners more aware is a great step.
“It’s really a conversation starter,” he said. “When we’re looking at the homeowner, that’s what we want to do: get them thinking and get them engaged around home energy efficiency.”
MyHEAT has already mapped the following cities:
It has collected data for the following cities:
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