Sustainable St Albans has thermal imaging cameras available for residents to borrow!


Why borrow a camera?

A thermal imaging camera enables you to see heat leaking from your house or cold air coming into your house by taking colour-coded pictures highlighting temperature differences.

Using the camera can therefore highlight insufficient loft insulation, gaps in floorboards, draughty windows and badly fitted loft hatches all of which allow precious warmth to escape from your house, meaning you use more fuel to keep your house warm.

Winter 2020/21 information sessions

Information sessions for winter 20/21 will be held via Zoom, these will be combined with videos on how to use the camera.  There will also be additional arrangements in place to ensure that COVID-19 social distancing is maintained and the cameras are quarantined between borrowings.

The zoom small group information sessions will last up to one hour and they are free to attend, they will look at what the camera might show you and also at how you borrow the camera.  Following the session you will be sent information to book a specific time slot for you to collect the camera, in a socially distanced manner.  The camera will be sanitised and retained overnight before it will be available for the next borrower.

It is free for residents of the St Albans District to borrow the camera (although donations towards the costs of running the camera project are always welcome!).   A £200 security deposit cheque (or PayPal / bank transfer payment) is required.  The deposit cheque is destroyed (or payments refunded) once the camera has been confirmed to have been returned in working order.

The small group information sessions, which are run regularly for both the Harpenden camera and the St Albans camera (usually twice a month for each), these sessions run by volunteers and they are open to anyone who lives in the district of St Albans to attend and then to borrow the camera. The camera is not generally available to those living outside the district.

Borrowing the HARPENDEN Thermal Imaging Camera (collecting from and returning to addresses in AL5)

Thermal Imaging Camera Information Sessions for the HARPENDEN Thermal Imaging camera (which is borrowed from addresses in AL5) will take place via zoom at the following times.  Booking for these sessions is via Eventbrite Harpenden camera link. If you wish to borrow a camera from St Albans please book for the St Albans Thermal Imaging Camera information session Eventbrite St Albans camera link.

  • Wed 2nd Dec 10-11am
  • Thur 10th  Dec 8-9pm
  • Tue 12th Jan 2021 10-11am
  • Thur 21st Jan 2021 8-9pm

Please note there are only six places at each session – if you find you can no longer attend at the time booked by cancel by Eventbrite or advise us ASAP so that someone else can have that place.

Before you attend the session please read the new 2020/21 information pack (links below).   These contains a short User Guide for the camera, together with the terms for borrowing the camera, the deposit arrangements and the procedures for collection and returning the camera (which have been changed significantly as a result of COVID-19).

  • The new 2020/21 Harpenden Thermal Imaging Camera Information Pack can be downloaded here
  • The video on how to use the Harpenden Thermal Imaging camera can be viewed here
  • The manufacturer’s manual for the Harpenden is here

Borrowing the St Albans Thermal Imaging Camera (collecting from and returning to addresses in AL1 and AL4)

Thermal Imaging Camera Information Sessions for the ST ALBANS Thermal Imaging camera (which is borrowed from addresses in AL1 and AL4) will take place via zoom at the following times.  Booking for these sessions is via Eventbrite St Albans camera link. If you wish to borrow a camera from Harpenden, please book to attend a Harpenden thermal imaging camera information session Eventbrite Harpenden camera link.

  • Thur 26th  November 8-9pm
  • Mon 7th December 8-9pm
  • Thur 17th December 10-11am
  • Thur 7th January 8-9pm
  • Tue 19th January 1.30-2.30pm
  • Thur 4th February 8-9pm
  • Mon 15th February 8-9pm

Please note there are only six places at each session – if you find you can no longer attend at the time booked by cancel by Eventbrite or advise us ASAP so that someone else can have that place.

Before you attend the session please read the new 2020/21 information pack.   These contains a short User Guide for the camera, together with the terms for borrowing the camera, the deposit arrangements and the procedures for collection and returning the camera (which have been changed significantly as a result of COVID-19).

  • The new 2020/21 St Albans Thermal Imaging Camera Information Pack can be downloaded here
  • The video on how to use the St Albans Thermal Imaging camera can be viewed here (to see subtitles on this video, please switch on captioning before playing this YouTube video)
  • The manufacturer’s manual for the St Albans camera is here

Further resources

  • See here for information on Insulating your home
  • And here for case studies using the thermal imaging cameras
  • Find out more about the Green Homes Grant 2020, with thanks to AECOM St Albans’ volunteer, this includes a list of local suppliers for insulation measures, and also suppliers of solar, heat humps and biomass boilers
  • St Albans’ Solar Streets is a community solar project – district wide across St Albans, Harpenden and villages – for all home-owners and businesses to get discounted solar installations
  • The Sustainable St Albans Gift Aid donation form can be downloaded here

Already attended an information session?  Like to borrow the camera again?

Hundreds of people across the district have attended an information session and more than three hundred have borrowed one of our cameras over the last six years!  If you have borrowed the camera before, and want to borrow the same camera again, for example to see the impact of changes you have made to your house, just get in touch using the form below.  It will help our volunteers if you can include details of when you attended an Information Session.


With thanks to our local Herts County Councillors

Sustainable St Albans 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, through a localities budget grant in 2014.

Building on the popularity of the Harpenden camera during the winters of 2014/15 and 2015/16, in March 2016 we were 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.    

Sustainable 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.