Become a draught buster with free thermal camera loan

3 November 2016

Homeowners looking to save money on their energy bills are being given the chance to become draught busters and find out where heat is escaping from their home.

Council energy bosses are inviting thrifty local people to book onto one of four training sessions so they can survey their own home and see where extra insulation or draught proofing is needed to stop heat escaping.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s thermal imaging cameras were used by local people to survey around 55 homes last winter – and as they are free to borrow it saved each person around £200 on the cost of getting someone in.

To get the most out of the free loan, householder are asked to attend a one hour training session covering the basics of using the camera and what to look out for.

Training takes place at South Cambridgeshire District Council’s offices in Cambourne on:

  • Tuesday 8 November at 6pm
  • Thursday 8 December at 5pm
  • Thursday 12 January at 5pm
  • Wednesday 15 February at 6pm

Places are limited so booking is essential. To book email with your preferred date, your name, address and a phone number.

Residents in South Cambridgeshire can then borrow a thermal imaging camera for up to six days. Email or call 03450 450 063 for details.

Cllr Tim Wotherspoon, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member responsible for climate change, said: “What better time to give your home its very own heat MOT than just after the clocks have gone back. Longer colder evenings mean energy bills increase at this time of year and the key to keeping them down is trapping warmth in your home. This initiative has worked really well in previous years to help people find out where small measures can make a big difference to how much they are spending on heating."

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