Energy Audit Equipment

Light on/off Data Loggers: The light on/off data logger monitors indoor light changes with an internal sensor and records light on and off conditions, making it ideal for building energy audits and light usage analysis.

Temperature Data Loggers: The temperature data logger is an economical choice for indoor temperature monitoring. Its small size and large memory capacity make it a great multi-purpose logger.

Infrared camera: To identify areas of energy waste, infrared imaging has quickly become a valued tool in identifying problems related to energy loss, missing insulation, inefficient HVAC systems, radiant heating, water damage on roofs, and much more. A thermal imaging camera identifies patterns of heat loss that are invisible to the naked eye. Thermal imaging quickly indicates the air leaks within a property and measurement data are easily compiled into a report.

Ballast discriminator: Ballast Discriminator is the ideal tool to quickly determine your retrofit opportunities by quickly distinguishing between magnetic and electronic ballasts.  Simply point the discriminator at the light fixture, then press and hold the button until the LED lights. If the LED lights Green, the ballast is electronic; if the ballast lights orange, the ballast is magnetic.

LED flashlight: LED flashlights provide sufficient lighting when an energy auditor is visiting a dark space in a building.

Digital camera: The digital camera is essential for documenting any visible flaws in a building that would need further inspection.

25-foot tape measure: Tape measures are useful in evaluating the position and dimensions of a building’s windows and doors, among other variables.

Cordless drill: Drills are a less obvious but necessary piece of energy audit equipment. Many times the heating system exhaust pipe doesn’t have an access hole drilled yet. A drill is also handy if you need to check inside a wall cavity (with the homeowner’s permission, of course).

Fiber-optic borescope: Borescopes are a perfect example of a great but maybe non-essential piece of energy audit equipment. Borescopes allow you to look inside wall cavities, sealed crawlspaces, duct work. They’re incredibly useful for figuring out what’s happening in the building shell.  Looking for the best possible vantage point and adjusting the viewer are necessary in operating a boroscope to capture the best image inside a wall. 

Lux meter: A lux meter is a device for measuring brightness. It specifically measures the intensity with which the brightness appears to the human eye. This is different than measurements of the actual light energy produced by or reflected from an object or light source.  A lux meter works by using a photo cell to capture light. The meter then converts this light to an electrical current. Measuring this current allows the device to calculate the lux value (unit of measurement for illumination) of the light it captured.

Non-contact voltage detector: Very often you need to test for live wires. Knob and tube wiring may come up during an energy audit. Testing whether they are live is important as insulating near or over live knob and tube is a potential fire hazard.

Laser tape measure: A laser tape measure is easier and quicker to assess size and/or distance measurements than using the traditional roll-out measure tool.  Be sure to place the tool on a flat surface in order to yield a near-flawless measurement.

Contact thermometer : These are thermocouples which measures for example flue gas, hot air, hot water temperatures by insertion of probe into the stream. For surface temperature, a leaf type probe is used with the same instrument.

Infrared Thermometer : This is a non-contact type measurement which when directed at a heat source directly gives the temperature read out. This instrument is useful for measuring hot spots in furnaces, surface temperatures etc.

Hard Hat with LED light: A hard hat is always an important article of head-gear when performing a site inspection.  Adding an LED light will provide useful illumination in dark areas of a building while keeping one’s head well-guarded.