Thermal imaging cameras available for residents to borrow !
Are you a St Albans City and District resident? You can borrow one of our Thermal Imaging Cameras for free and tackle the heat leaking from your house!
Transition St Albans now has two thermal imaging cameras that residents can borrow. One camera is based in Harpenden and was made possible with the help of Teresa Heritage, Herts County Councillor, who made a localities budget grant to allow Transition St Albans to buy the camera.
Building on the popularity of the Harpenden camera during the winters of 2014/15 and 2015/16, in March 2016 Transition St Albans was successful in obtaining localities budget grants for a second camera from Herts County Councillors Geoff Churchard (Sandridge), Robert Prowse (St Albans East) and Sandy Walkington (St Albans South). This second camera is based in various locations around the City and District of St Albans.
Transition St Albans is very grateful to Herts County Councillors Teresa Heritage, Geoff Churchard, Robert Prowse and Sandy Walkington for the grants to purchase these cameras.
What is a thermal imaging camera?
A thermal imaging camera is a special camera that enables you see heat leaking from your house or cold air coming into your house by taking colour coded pictures highlighting temperature differences. Insufficient loft insulation, gaps in floorboards, draughty windows and badly fitted loft hatches can all allow precious warmth to escape from your house.
Since you pay to heat your house, you don’t want to let this heat escape – understanding where your house is losing heat and taking action to improve its retention of warmth can significantly improve your heating bills and help the environment into the bargain. Sometimes this action may be of minimal cost to you but make a huge difference to your heating bills – examples include sealing windows, closing curtains, putting down rugs or fitting draught excluders.
Borrowing criteria for the cameras
Anyone wishing to borrow one of the Thermal Imaging Cameras needs to
- Have attended a free training session hosted by Transition St Albans. (Sessions for the Harpenden camera are held in Harpenden and sessions for the St Albans camera are held at locations in and around St Albans)
- Live in City and District of St Albans
- Have completed and signed the Harpenden or St Albans Thermal Imaging Camera Loan form when collecting the camera.
- Have paid a security deposit cheque of £200 which is returned when the camera package is returned complete and undamaged.
The loan of the camera is free. However, Transition St Albans does suggest a minimum voluntary donation of £10. Transition St Albans is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers.
Booking a training session or to borrow one of the cameras
The camera works most effectively in the evenings of the Winter months when the outside temperature drops low enough to highlight the heat leaking out from inside a house. During this period, any resident of the District who has satisfied the borrowing criteria below can borrow the camera for an evening and use it at their property to identify heat leaks and cold draughts.
Click here for details of the next training sessions
To book the camera for borrowing or to arrange to attend a free training session, contact the Harpenden or St Albans camera volunteers using the appropriate contact form below:
Remember, you can only book to borrow one of the cameras once you have attended the relevant a free training session.