Home Conservation Assessment

Albertan's use more energy in our homes than most Canadians. In 2009 the amount of energy used in Alberta households was 18 per cent higher than in Saskatchewan and 37 per cent higher than the Canadian average, which translates into increased costs. We have simple tools that can help.

Do It Yourself Tools

The Energy and Water Conservation Toolkit is designed to help you make your home more energy and water efficient. With easy to use tools, a user guide, and tips and strategies, you will be able to complete your own home assessment to help you conserve your utilities and save money.

photo of different tools used in the energy and water conservation toolkitThese kits include:

  1. Kill-A-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor: Measures the amount of electricity used by electronic devices when turned on, turned off and in stand by settings.
  2. Infrared Thermometer: Measures the temperature of surfaces to help identify areas in your home that would benefit from increased weather proofing and insulation.
  3. Freezer/Refrigerator Thermometer: Measures the temperature of your fridge and freezer to ensure they are set to the optimal level. The colder the interior of your appliances, the more energy is being used.
  4. Drip Gauge: Measures water loss from dripping faucets or pipes so you can calculate how much water is wasted each year.
  5. Flow Meter Bag: Measures the flow rate of water from faucets and showerheads to identify if your home could benefit from installing low flow fixtures.
  6. Hot Water Temperature Card: Measures water temperature from fixtures to detect if the hot water tank is set to the optimal level.
  7. Digital Timer: Used with multiple items in the toolkit to ensure precise measurements.
  8. Energy and Water Conservation Toolkit User Guide (pdf) : Provides instructions to walk you through the assessment and actions you can take to improve conservation in your home.

The FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera is available to complement the home conservation assessment, completed using the Energy and Water Conservation Toolkit. This camera provides thermal images to help you detect patterns and sources of energy loss throughout your home.   

photo of a FLIR toolTwo cameras available: the FLIR Ex series and FLIR TG165.

Cameras can be used to:

  • Detect missing insulation and compromised roofing
  • HVAC air flow and equipment issues
  • Radiant heating malfunctions

Reserve an Energy & Water Conservation Toolkit or a FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera today! Available at Red Deer Public Library courtesy of The City of Red Deer's Electric Light & Power department.

These items are borrowed separately and may not be available at all branches. Contact Red Deer Public Library for information on borrowing.  

Additional tools to help you do your home assessment:

ATCO EnergySense House
Sustainability at Home Toolkit

For more information on home energy conservation please visit:

Natural Resources Canada
Energy Use Calculator
Green Deal Powersmart Tips
Energy Efficiency Alberta