The outcome of the election this weeks makes passage of the Home Star bill in the Senate look, unfortunately, less likely than ever. Rather than invest in efficiency, we seem destined to continue to export energy dollars and/or add to the CO2 blanket we've wrapped our Planet in.
One thing that has not changed, however, is the rising cost of energy. The Boston Globe reported (http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/articles/2010/10/23/...) that the cost of heating a home is projected to rise 5-14% depending on the fuel type. Given there is more fuel than ever, the reasons are complex—world trade issues being the largest factor. What is not complicated is that this is, I believe, an indicator of where we are headed: higher prices and more uncertainty about prices.
Now is the best time to do what we can to reduce home energy use. Considering that nearly 40% of energy used in the US is used in homes and the potential impact is huge. Clearly thermography can play a key role in ensuring that work which is done is done effectively.