I borrowed a thermal imaging camera from Octopus Energy.
In 2018 I moved into a new build home and since that day, my bedroom has always been the coldest room in the house. I assumed that the bedroom was cold as it is above a garage. I learnt to live with it. However, after adding a bit of tech into my home, in the form of wifi radiator vales, I discovered how much colder my room was. It was consistently at least 3-4 degrees cooler than the rest of the house.
As my home is protected by the NHBC warranty for ten years I decided to complain to my home builder. After a few cold months, they arrived, in the summer only to confirm that everything was as it should be. They told me I had adequate insulation above the bedroom in the loft and below the bedroom in the garage.
Fast forward 6 months and throw in a thermal imaging camera.
In January of this year, Octopus Energy loaned me a FLIR thermal imagining camera. The thermal imaging camera came with a handy booklet which explained what to look for. Apparently, 25% of your heat loss at home goes through the roof!
I charged the camera up and whilst having difficulty sleeping I decide to point it at my bedroom ceiling. I was agast! There were zebra stripes of heat loss all across the room. The temperature differed by around 4 degrees in rolling stripes all across the ceiling. That’s why my bedroom was always cold!!!
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The thermal imaging camera Octopus Energy loaned me instantly saved the video clips to my phone. So I instantly emailed it to my home builder and pointed out that despite their survey there was obviously something wrong with my insulation!!
Two weeks later I am typing this blog post in a very cosy bedroom!! It is quite staggering the difference the correct insulation has made. It is now one of the warmest rooms and is a much nicer space to relax in. Imagine how much money I must have been wasting on heating this space just for it to head up into the loft!
What is a thermal imaging camera and how can it help?
A thermal imaging camera can be a great way to save money on heating bills in the UK. Thermal imaging surveys create a visual picture of a home or building so that areas of poor insulation and inefficient appliances can be detected. This helps identify hidden sources of energy loss, such as loft insulation. By identifying these inefficiencies, households can make their homes more energy efficient and reduce their energy costs.
Thermal imaging cameras help detect issues that would otherwise remain hidden from view, providing an easy-to-understand visual representation of where efficiency improvements could be made to reduce energy costs across the home or building. I would never have been able to call my homebuilders to account without it!
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By providing a three-dimensional image of the home or building’s thermal profile, these cameras can help pinpoint where insulation may need to be added or adjusted in order to target certain areas that are causing the most energy consumption. Thermal imaging cameras are an efficient way to identify air leaks and other potential sources of energy loss, making them an invaluable tool for those looking for ways to save money on their heating bills.
How do you borrow a thermal imaging camera from Octopus Energy?
The list is closed for this winter but you can sign up for winter 2023 on this Octopus blog post. If you think you have issues in your loft it would be well worth hiring a thermal imaging camera now. I would have saved so much energy if I had been able to identify my loft insulation issue earlier.
Save money on your energy bills by using a thermal imaging camera.
The energy crisis in the UK has seen annual energy bills skyrocket and homeowners have had to find ways to reduce their energy loss. One way of doing this is by investing in insulation, which can be detected using thermal imaging cameras. Thermal imaging cameras can also identify issues such as drafts, poorly fitted windows, and other potential sources of energy loss in a home, allowing homeowners to make informed decisions about how best to address any problems that may arise.
I owe someone at Octopus a beer!