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Hiring a thermal imaging camera to reduce energy bills?

radox2608 Forumite Posts: 2
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With winter approaching I've started turning my heating's thermostat up. I'm keen to try to reduce my energy use as much as possible whilst still staying warm. I don't like to be cold  :) I was thinking of hiring a thermal imaging camera so I can check for cold spots in my house, draughts, where I can add insulation, etc. Also thought it might help check if the thermostatic radiator valves on my radiators are working (Some are old and I suspect might not be working).

I'm with Octopus Energy and did sign up about a year ago to borrow one of theirs but I don't think they do it anymore. I've looked into buying a thermal imaging camera but they seem expensive and I think I might only need one for a few days. Does anyone know where I could hire one for just a few days/weeks at a reasonable cost?



  • DougMLancs
    DougMLancs Forumite Posts: 201
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    Unfortunately Octopus only lend them out to their vulnerable customers now. I managed to buy a 2nd hand FLIR One for my iPhone on CEX for £110 in the summer but they are much more elsewhere as you say. Looking forward to it being cold enough to get some good data. They seem to keep their value well so I’ll sell it on when I’m/FIL/brother-in-law and church are all done with it! You can hire FLIR handheld units from the likes of Jewsons and Red Current amongst others.
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    Try your local council / library
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  • Reed_Richards
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    I hired this thermal image camera a few years ago.  I used it to trace the route of central heating pipes that were buried under my floor and it worked pretty well for that.  I also tried it on a few walls but there it did not seem to be indicating anything useful.  
  • radox2608
    radox2608 Forumite Posts: 2
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    Jewson & Red Current seem expensive at £160 & £125ish for just a single week's hire. I think these might be aimed more at professionals. The FLIR One looks ok. I've done a bit of Googling and found these for hire on the Stuart Dalby website for just £50/week. Their website shows lots of thermal images of the kind of things I'm looking to do including checking for heat loss through walls, ceilings & floors so I might give them a go. Thanks for the replies.
  • Shedman
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    edited 20 September at 12:09AM
    If you're in or near a location that is served (mainly London area and Brighton it seems) some of the locations on this site hire out thermal cameras for around a tenner a day.  

    Some local authorities also loan them out (Guildford is one I seem to recall)
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