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Canadian research suggests using phones to allow homeowner audits

Smartphones could be used by the public to conduct household energy audits to help reduce carbon emissions, researchers have suggested.

Researchers in Canada believe that allowing the public to carry out audits on their own homes would dramatically increase take-up of energy-saving measures.

An article published in the International Journal of Sustainable Energy notes that the vast majority of homes will never be audited by professionals.

The authors suggest that homeowners with smartphones could take various measurements and receive suggestions for energy saving measures in real time.

Limitations of the smartphone approach include lack of capacity to measure factors such as air tightness.

But the researchers believe significant amounts of energy could be saved by encouraging homeowners to use phones to take measurements such as light readings.

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