Thermal cam survey to cut energy bills

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THERMAL imaging equipment was used at Longfields Primary School in Bicester last week in a drive to help cut heating bills.

Surveyors toured the school on Wednesday to spot any potential problems, such as uninsulated cavity walls or hidden pipes.

A group of pupils are working towards a Green Flag environmental award for the school, and last week’s inspection coincides with a project to assess the energy consumption of staff and fellow pupils.

Headteacher Paul Hill said: “This survey is very timely for our eco work and the pupils will be really interested in the thermal images that show heat escaping from the school.”

A total of 96 other schools across the county are due to get a thermal imaging survey this year, as well as other council-owned buildings. Oxfordshire County Council says the move could help cut £3million from its total bill each year.