Comprehensive Home Energy Surveys were completed at eighteen individual households within the Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry communities. There was a total of 54 visits as each household required three visits to a) assess current energy use b) identify possible means of reducing CO2e emissions, and c) help householders implement measures and record post-intervention CO2e savings and improved energy performance.
We worked closely with Lochaber Environmental Group and borrowed OWL Monitors (one type of Home Energy Monitor) and Thermal Imaging cameras. The Home Energy visits were conducted by Zach Wishart, our Project Manager. The monitors are an effective tool, easy to install and enables householders to view real-time electricity usage in units of energy used (kWh), cost and carbon emissions.
The thermal image, which is effectively a picture of thousands of surface temperature measurements, makes it easy to see where insulation is missing or air is leaking in or out of a building or after fabric failures such as thermal bridges and damp penetration. Thermal imaging surveys alone can be used as a quick method of finding air leaks in a building structure.