Low carbon east Oxford
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
We are using images and videos from our popular thermal imaging activities – the colours are striking and offer a direct visualisation of energy use and loss, to help people to speak with neighbours, and seek further advice in exploring how they can reduced their reliance on fossil fuels.
The majority of properties in east Oxford are difficult to keep warm. Around half of the houses are privately rented, making it doubly difficult for the residents to make positive choices about improving the energy efficiency of the place where they live. Low Carbon East Oxford have used the thermal imaging campaigns to highlight the connection between keeping homes warm and use of fossil fuels, introducing residents to local and national schemes and grants for insulation, advice on small changes such as draught proofing, and introducing free measures like radiator reflector panels, and the loan of energy monitors.
A thermal imaging camera creates a picture using infrared light. The colours on the image represent the temperature of the area of the object, which is determined from the amount of infrared light that is picked up the camera lens. The infrared camera doesn’t see through windows; it shows areas where heat may be escaping. This can offer a useful prompt to simple changes – like fitting draught proofing or a door curtain – show where a radiator reflector panel will help keep more of the heat in the home, and highlight where new windows or a porch have made a real difference.
We started to carry out thermal imaging projects in 2012. Though we have had to take a break from this work recently, we are always keen to hear from local volunteers and street champions who might like to get involved in a winter campaign.
We’re very grateful to Amy Beddow, exhibition manager, for highlighting the use of these striking images. Grateful to CAG Project, Oxford City Council and neighbouring low carbon groups for the loan of the thermal imaging cameras and for the Low Carbon Hub support for most recent campaign. Zoe’s students made the explanatory video and Oxford Brookes students Amber and Theo made the video short showing volunteers at work. We are grateful to all the volunteers and householders who made it possible to image so many properties in east Oxford.
about the Artist(s)
Information and thermal imaging videos and pictures supplied by Robin Morris
about the group
"In the face of the climate emergency it is easy to feel that we can’t possibly make a difference. But when many individuals take action - no matter how small - it can make a big difference. Low Carbon East Oxford is a small, friendly bunch of people living in east Oxford who are doing just that: coming together to take small climate-positive actions, and trying to help others do the same.
LCEO has continued to evolving since its first inception over 10 years ago. Reinvigorated by the BioRegional One Planet Living Oxfordshire initiative, the group relaunched in 2020.
We send out a monthly newsletter and hold monthly meetings online, including events on how to change your habits, and a session on experiences with electric vehicles. We have been outdoors with several nature walks, and a project to get tree saplings to people in autumn 2020. We work with other city groups, including the CZC coalition, and engaged with the citizen climate assembly.
Locally, there is a history of local ventures like the East Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market and Co-Wheels car club, and projects run by the group including the Landlord Energy Saving Scheme, fuel poverty mapping project, and winter thermal imaging campaigns."