City of Kamloops Launches New Program in Partnership with Thompson-Nicola Regional Library and FortisBC

Release date: 
January 23, 2019

The City of Kamloops, in partnership with the Thompson-Nicola Regional Library (TNRL) and FortisBC, is excited to announce the launch of the See the Heat program.

The See the Heat program will allow TNRL members to take home thermal imaging cameras to use with their smart phones to investigate how well their home is insulated and sealed. Participants will receive a free FortisBC draft proofing kit which can be used to perform minor energy retrofits.

The program launches Monday, January 28, at the Downtown Kamloops library, between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. City and TNRL staff will conduct a hands on demonstration of the camera.

After connecting the camera to a smart phone and downloading the app, the camera is ready to discover the heat losses in your home. There are cameras available for both iOS and Android operating systems and they can be reserved and loaned out at any TNRL location. The kits and cameras will be available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis.

The goal of this program is help build energy literacy in the community and to promote EfficiencyBC.ca, a website which is a one-stop-shop for information on available rebates from utility providers and various levels of government for homeowners interested in improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

“These thermal imaging cameras provide really striking images,” says Glen Cheetham, the Sustainability Services Supervisor for the City of Kamloops, “They make the somewhat abstract concept of heat loss more tangible for people, which we hope motivates improvements to home energy efficiency.”

Not only will increased energy efficiency save homeowners money and improve the comfort of their homes, it will help to advance our community’s climate change efforts.

Melissa Lowenberg, Manager of Community Libraries and Engagement says, “This program fits well with our mandate to continually offer new and interesting opportunities for our clientele, and partnering with the City of Kamloops to work towards reducing our collective greenhouse gas emissions is a natural fit.”

Existing buildings are responsible for approximately 30% of community-wide emissions and are therefore central to any effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information about the program visit Kamloops.ca/SeeTheHeat, TNRL.ca/SeeTheHeat, or visit the library in person.