08/17/2010 04:27 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Thermographic Infrared Maps Used To Highlight Energy Consumption (VIDEO)

Thermographic infrared maps are being used in Antwerp, Belgium to put the spotlight on buildings' energy consumption, Reuters reports.

The birds-eye view offers residents the ability to compare their energy conservation with that of their neighbors, and often prompts those with poor findings to seek out home remodeling efforts that will better conserve energy, such as new insulation.

The maps are color coded, with red and yellow indicating wasted heat, while blues and grays show buildings with better conservation. The maps currently cover an area of about 270 square miles in and around Antwerp -- the largest of its kind in Europe.