Update: 1st March 2024

Due to the rise in temperatures, the scheme is now closed until later in the year. You can still register and we will be in touch when your time slot has been allocated.

A new project

Save money on your energy bills

The Thermal Imaging Camera loan scheme is a new project brought to you by Sedgefield Development Trust.

We want to help you spot heat loss around your home with one of our FLIR thermal imaging cameras, which you can loan for free. Its simple to use though your smart phone and it helps you to find draughts in your home.

These nifty gadgets connect to smartphones to quickly spot where heat is either escaping or entering. The cameras work best in the winter when the weather is cold and draughts are easier to spot.

Why are we lending cameras?

We genuinely want to help our customers be more energy efficient and with our Energy Switching scheme subject to the volatile engery market, we see this as an effective means of finding heat loss areas in your home. It's simply the right thing to do, not only because it keeps your bills low, but because it’s better for the environment as well.
What is thermal imaging?

Thermal imaging can vividly reveal where your home is leaking heat.

The cameras are sensitive to infra-red and make ‘temperature map’ images. This can show problems with insulation, draughts, damp and more – useful in older homes, but also for revealing defects in new-builds. The images are easiest to decipher when it’s at least 10°C warmer inside than out, so this is mainly a winter activity.

Some of the problems shown are easy for householders to fix, like draught-proofing, and some, like faulty insulation, may need professional help. Significant improvements in comfort, energy bills and carbon emissions are often made as a result.

Source: https://cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/what-we-do/thermal-imaging/
How to use the camera
The loan process...

Please take a look at the simple loan process below before loaning our Thermal Imaging Camera.
1. Use the QR code or this link to register your details on our online form
2. We will contact you and allocate you a 7 day camera loan period
3. On your allocated date please COLLECT the camera from Mess Charcuterie and Bar, 6 North End, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 3BS, AFTER 12pm. Please bring a form of ID that matches your details on the booking form.
4. Take your time and use the camera around your home recording the findings as you go
5. On day 7 (or before) please RETURN your camera to Mess Charcuterie BEFORE 12pm
6. Finally, don't forget to complete the survey report and help us build a profile of heat loss in our area.

Freqeuntly Asked Questions...

We lend a camera to you for 1 week to complete a heat loss survey of your home. You can collect it and return it for free, there is no hire cost.

The cameras work best when there is a difference of at least 10°C between inside and outside, so, ideally winter time is best.

The user manual and quick start guide for the FLIR ONE camera is available here.

The camera manufacturer FLIR will have the best advice on how to get the camera set up on your phone. Please visit FLIRs help page (click technical support and then answers) or call FLIR on 08000517865.

There is also useful content on this webpage.

You can collect (and return) your camera from Mess Charcuterie and Bar, 6 North End, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 3BS.

You can apply using this form. We will be in touch when you have accepted the loan agreement terms and we have allocated you a survey date.