Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT kit)

Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT kit)

We now have HEAT Kits that you can borrow to check how your house is performing, give you ideas about how to reduce energy use and improve the comfort of your home.

​What is a Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT kit)?

Home Energy Audit Toolkits (HEAT kits) can help you find out:

  • which appliances in your home use the most energy
  • how you can make your home healthier and warmer
  • how you can save on power bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • How your hot water cylinder is performing
  • How dry your firewood is

What is in the HEAT kit

  • A hygrometer - to measure air temperatures and moisture levels including tips on how to avoid cold, damp conditions that cause condensation and mould.
  • An infrared thermometer - to find thermal leaks due to poor insulation of ineffective seals including tips on how to fix them.
  • A stopwatch - to measure your shower flow rate including tips on how to make savings through efficient use of hot water.
  • A moisture meter for firewood – to make sure your firewood is dry enough for optimum burning.
  • A power meter - to measure the running cost of plug-in appliances including tips on how you can save money on appliances, heating and lighting.
  • Instructions on how to use each tool.
  • A record booklet for recording your measurements and energy saving actions.

How to borrow a HEAT kit

Library members can borrow a HEAT kit for free from City, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers, Blueskin Bay and Waikouaiti libraries.

They can be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time.

Check the availability of the HEAT kits on our catalogue.

Standard library charges apply if the kits are overdue, lost or missing.

For more advice on the kits:

Contact the DCC Eco Design Advisor on ecodesign@dcc.govt.nz or 03 477 4000

HEAT Kit record book

HEAT Kit instruction manual