DIY Energy Audits For Rent
The Government of South Australia is tackling energy audits a little differently—by not using auditors. Available to all residents are what the government is calling a “home energy toolkit,” which can be rented or borrowed, at a number of public libraries for homeowners to take home and use.
Each home energy toolkit contains the items below, and comes with the following descriptions:
- Appliance meter: A small meter that can measure the energy use, cost and greenhouse gas emissions of appliances (such as fridges and microwaves). It is also useful to measure stand-by power used by appliances.
- Infrared thermometer: Measure the temperature of your hot water, fridge and freezer.
- Room thermometer: Measure the air temperature around your home.
- Compass: Identify which direction your home faces so you can think about shading north, east and west facing windows.
- Stopwatch: Helps to find out the flow rate of water from your showers and taps.
- DIY energy audit manual and worksheets: Includes information, pictures, and diagrams to help you carry out your audit.
Armed with these tools, homeowners can also visit the government website to watch a short, instructional video on how to find out their energy use at home.
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