Home Energy Audit

You can save money and energy by doing a home energy audit. We have simple tools that can help.

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Home energy audit kits can help you learn how to make your home more energy efficient. Reserve a Home Energy Audit kit today from Red Deer Public Library or Red Deer College Library courtesy of The City of Red Deer's Electric Light & Power.

These kits include:

Kill-A-Watt electricity usage monitor: a tool that measures how much electricity is used by various electronic devices. It can measure electricity use both when the electronic device is turned on and when it is turned off.Picture of the device which is white plastic with holes to plug an appliance into and a small screen to display information.

Details:

  • Calculates costs and forecasts by week, month and year
  • Built-in battery backup
  • Accurate to within 0.2%
  • Operation manual

Fluke 59 MAZ infrared thermometer: this mini infrared thermometer checks the temperature of surfaces, which helps identify places in the home that would benefit from increased weatherproofing and insulation.

Details:Picture of handheld device that measures temperature of surfaces. It is gun shaped, black with a yellow handle and a small display screen in the handle.

  • Displays the minimum, maximum or average temperature, or the difference between the two measurements
  • Requires 1 AA battery (not included in the kit)
  • Features, specs and manual

Power Cost Monitor Elite wireless energy monitor: provides real-time information on energy consumption and cost for the entire household, to give big picture data on electricity use in the home. It shows how much money is being spent on electricity moment-to-moment, as well as which devices are costing the most.

Details:A silver frame outlines a blue display screen, whose digital readout provides information on cost per hour, time, temperature, etc.

  • Attaches to electric meter
  • Displays live electricity use in kWh or dollars or cents
  • Requires 4 AA batteries (not included in the kit)
  • Operation manual

Here are some more tools to help you do your own home energy audit:

ATCO EnergySense House
One Simple Act's Simple Solutions
Sustainability at Home Toolkit

Albertans use more energy in our homes than most other Canadians. In 2008 the amount of energy used in Alberta households was 31 per cent higher than in Saskatchewan and 38 per cent higher than the Canadian average, which can translate into increased costs.

For more information on home energy conservation please visit:

Natural Resources Canada
Saving Electricity
Green Deal Powersmart Tips