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1.13Provide sustainability resources for loan via the Boroondara Libraries


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Power monitors and thermal cameras available at Boroondara Libraries.


Thermal Camera & Guide

Thermal Camera On

Both home energy meters and thermal cameras are available to loan at most of our Council libraries, with libraries continuing to monitor and purchase more equipment due to popularity.

They are both easy to use and give useful information. There are many experiments you can do with them at home to help you make informed decisions about energy efficiency upgrades.

Thermal Camera

Thermal cameras are currently available at all libraries and include an instruction manual (see top right image).

This device enables the user to visualise the temperature of your target - hot spots and cool zones can indicate a target zones (see bottom right image). The product link below includes a demonstration video.

Boroondara Library catalogue link - thermal cameras

Product link - thermal camera (MSX® Thermal Camera - FLIR TG165-X)

Energy Monitor

This is a simple device for measuring how much electricity appliances use, and their running costs. There are two basic ways you can use an energy monitor:

  • Taking instantaneous power readings of an appliance; or
  • Measuring the energy of an application over a period of time (AusGrid, Power‐Mate Lite Instructions).

The model currently available at our libraries is the Power-Mate Light.

Boroondara Library catalogue link - energy monitors

Official description

Provide sustainability resources for loan via the Boroondara Libraries. Items including: • Power monitors for electricity audits • Simple thermal cameras to identify ‘leaky’ buildings.
(According to the action plan)

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What's left to do?

  • Todo31/12/2023

    Workshops for 2023

    Additional promotions and supporting workshops are being planned for delivery during 2023.

  • Todo31/12/2023

    Monitor availability of power monitors and thermal cameras

    Officers will monitor the ongoing availability and purchase additional cameras if required.

What has been done?

  • Done31/12/2022

    Monitor usage and purchase additional thermal cameras

    An additional eight cameras were ordered utilising 2021-22 Budget allocation for the Climate Action Plan.

  • Done31/12/2021

    Energy monitors and thermal cameras have been purchased and are available for at Council libraries

    Additional thermal cameras have been added in early 2022 with further cameras purchased in June 2022 due to increased demand.

Summary and contacts


27/09/2021 → Ongoing

Activity stage

Target audience

Contact persons

  • Main contact person Environmental Sustainability team

    Environmental Sustainability team

    City of Boroondara

Information updated 14/04/2023