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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 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.
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.
What's left to do?
Workshops for 2023
Additional promotions and supporting workshops are being planned for delivery during 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?
Monitor usage and purchase additional thermal cameras
An additional eight cameras were ordered utilising 2021-22 Budget allocation for the Climate Action Plan.
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.