Thermal imaging cameras are available for St Albans District residents to borrow


Information sessions run from October to March/April each year

The next sessions will be in October 2021, dates will be announced near the time.

Why borrow a thermal imaging camera?

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

The camera can highlight insufficient loft insulation, gaps in floorboards, draughty windows and badly fitted loft hatches. These areas allow warmth to escape, meaning you use more fuel to keep your house warm.

Information sessions will re-commence in October 2021

We run information sessions from October to March/April each year. Those during winter 20/21 took place via Zoom. Additional arrangements were put in place to maintain social distancing and quarantine the cameras between borrowings.

Sessions will start again in October 2021.

The zoom sessions last up to an hour and cover what the camera might show you and how to borrow the camera. You can then book a time slot to collect the camera in a socially distanced manner. We sanitise and retain the camera overnight before lending to the next borrower.

It is free for residents of the St Albans District to borrow the camera (donations towards the running costs for the camera project are always welcome!).  The camera is not generally available to those living outside the district. A £200 security deposit cheque (or PayPal / bank transfer payment) is required. The deposit cheque is destroyed (or payments refunded) once the camera is returned in working order.

Borrowing the HARPENDEN Thermal Imaging Camera

We lend the HARPENDEN thermal imaging camera out from addresses in AL5. 

Please note there are only 6-8 places at each session – if you can no longer attend, please 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 contain a short User Guide, terms for borrowing the camera, deposit arrangements and procedures for collection and returning the camera.

Borrowing the ST ALBANS Thermal Imaging Camera

We lend the ST ALBANS thermal imaging camera out from addresses in AL1 and AL4. 

Please note there are only 6 places at each session. If you can no longer attend, please 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 contain a short User Guide, terms for borrowing the camera, deposit arrangements and procedures for collection and returning the camera.

Further resources

  • See here for information on Insulating your home
  • And here for case studies using the thermal imaging cameras
  • St Albans’ Solar Streets is a community solar project across St Albans, Harpenden and villages offering discounted solar installations for all home-owners and businesses

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

Over 300 have borrowed one of our cameras over the last 6 years!  If you have borrowed the camera before and want to do so again to see the impact of changes you have made, 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.

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