Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT)
Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT) is a resource developed by the Regional Climate Change Initiative (RCCI) for the purpose of undertaking household energy audits.
The resource can be borrowed free of charge from local councils and used to work out how homes, offices or schools consume energy. The HEAT resource provides tools, instructions and practical cost effective hints on how to save money on power bills.
In a typical Tasmanian home 50% of the electricity use is for heating, a further 25% for heating hot water, followed by 9% for cooking and 7% for the fridge and freezer.
Currently in Tasmania the average household uses around 9,500 units of electricity each year. According to current (2018) prices, this equates to $2,400 per year for electricity use. With a little knowledge and care the kit provides solutions that can cut electricity use by 25%, providing a possible savings of around $600 per year.
Each HEAT contains:
Power-Mate — Enables the measurement of electricity consumption of all electrical appliances with a standard 3-pin plug. It is useful for measuring the electricity consumption of appliances such as; fridges, televisions, microwaves and computers.
Infrared radiometer — Used to check for leaks around fridge doors as well as checking for adequate ventilation behind the fridge/freezer and the effectiveness of ceiling insulation.
Stopwatch — Assists in determining flow rate of hot water from showers & taps.
Compass — Assists in identifying: (i) the homes orientation for solar aspect considerations and (ii) suitable orientation of roof aspect for hot water and electricity solar panels.
Thermometer with magnet — Enables measurement of air temperature around houses, hot water system, fridges and freezers.
Supporting instruction and information sheets — Outline how to use the tools included in the kit and suggestions for doable energy efficient actions for various appliances and/or activities.