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.

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We run regular information sessions during the winter months each year.  These sessions will resume in the winter 2020/21

What are information sessions?

Information sessions are free, they last an hour, and are usually held in the evening.  At the session you’ll have an introduction to using the camera and what it might show you.  You will then have a chance to use the camera and to book to borrow the camera to use in your own home.  These sessions are run by volunteers and are open to anyone who lives in the district of St Albans.

Please note: events are held at residential addresses.  The address and other event details will be provided with the Eventbrite confirmation.  If you book using the Eventbrite app, you may need to access the confirmation email in order to obtain this information.

Please download your information pack before you come to the information session

The information packs contain a short User Guide for the camera, including the Loan Form for borrowing the camera and a short Survey Form to complete when you have the camera.

  • The Harpenden information pack is here
  • The St Albans / Wheathampstead information pack is here
  • Also see here for information on insulating you home

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

Hundreds of people across the district have attended an information session and borrowed one of our cameras over the last four winters.  If you 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.

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.