Counting cost of ... a lot of hot air

Two local men have set up UK Energy Watch, a heating efficiency business which uses thermal imaging equipment to pinpoint the areas of heat loss in properties and businesses.'Liam Frend (left) and Ashley Bullock scanning the De Vere Hotel in Blackpool. PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-3-2011
Two local men have set up UK Energy Watch, a heating efficiency business which uses thermal imaging equipment to pinpoint the areas of heat loss in properties and businesses.'Liam Frend (left) and Ashley Bullock scanning the De Vere Hotel in Blackpool. PIC BY ROB LOCK'3-3-2011
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TOMOGRAPHY is not the first word on most eco-conscious business owners’ lips.

But the thermal imaging technique can save firms thousands of pounds in energy bills.

Now, a Blackpool firm is using the state-of-the-art technique to show business owners their money going up in... heat.

UK Energy Watch, founded by Ashley Bullock and Liam Friend, uses thermal imaging equipment to pinpoint exact areas of facilities which are losing heat – and are costing more to run.

Mr Bullock said: “With the cameras we can see exactly where energy is being lost from.

“A lot of businesses make themselves energy efficient but quite often there’s one wall – or even part of a wall – that they don’t realise is costing them money.

“And we can tell the business exactly how much the lost energy is costing them.”

The duo have designed a piece of bespoke software which quantifies the amount of energy being lost from the readings taken by their specialised equipment.

The pair received help from Blackpool Council’s Get Started scheme, aimed at getting new businesses off the ground.

Mr Bullock added: “We started from a home office and Get Started helped us put together a business plan. They were a real help.”

The energy saving sector is one of Britain’s most thriving as the Government looks at new legislation aimed at tackling emissions and energy usage as part of its commitment to battle global warming. Plans have been lodged to fine companies that refuse to reduce their carbon footprints.