It’s January and we are finally experiencing the bitter cold of the Yukon. You might be having trouble staying warm lately. Did you know that even at -30°C, a building can be warm and cozy despite the cold outside without the need of a constant roaring fire or huge bills. If your home or building isn’t as comfortable or efficient as you would like, you need the proper tool to find opportunities to improve comfort and efficiency.
You may not be aware, but there is a cool tool out there that can spot problems of all kinds. This tool is a thermal imaging camera. It is used to find inefficiencies in buildings and to diagnose the performance of mechanical and electrical equipment.
During these cold winter days I can use my thermal imaging camera to spot all kinds of issues with buildings that can lead to cost-effective repairs and significant energy savings. If you are finding it difficult to keep your home or commercial building comfortable, now is the best time to do a thermal imaging inspection. Note that thermal inspections can detect issues as long as the outside air temperature is below 0°C, however colder temperatures make diagnosing problems easier.
For the home owner, thermal imaging is a great way to know where to focus your renovation dollars.
If you are associated with a First Nation Development Corp, Government or Community; these assessments can help provide the foundation for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. At this time, Yukon Economic Development has grant money available to First Nation Development Corporations and communities to assist with implementing renewable energy projects.
As the project manager who specified, procured and oversaw the 50kW solar installation and super-insulated attendant shack at the Mount Lorne transfer station (the largest solar installation in the Yukon to date), I have an in depth knowledge of how to get these types of projects done. This project was designed and intended to become part of the Yukon Energy small power producer program. The project is net-positive and produces approximately $8000 worth of electricity annually above and beyond what the transfer station uses. Project owners participating in the small producers program can receive a rebate from Yukon Energy for excess energy produced.
A well designed and executed project should pay for itself through energy savings while creating local jobs that directly benefit the community. The key to savings is through proper planning and by leveraging energy efficiency and renewable energy.
I’m very interested in working to make other projects like Mt. Lorne a reality so that more communities can move towards energy self sufficiency. Thermal imaging and third party commissioning are essential for making these types of projects cost effective and successful.
What is thermography and why is it interesting?
Thermography or thermal graphic imaging is when the heat of an object or objects is detected by a thermal imaging camera and displayed as an image or video. A special type of camera commonly called a “thermal camera” or “thermal imaging camera” is necessary to capture or display a thermal image.