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The Equipment Loan Program offers tools for many purposes, from teaching consumers about efficient lighting to diagnosing problems on a transmission system, and more. While their uses are limited only by the imagination, the tools fall into five general categories:

  • Educational kits – Demonstrate energy efficiency and renewable energy technology at customer meetings, school presentations and community events. Also, Western customers can order CDs covering the basics of wind and geothermal power from Energy Services publications library.
  • Energy audit equipment – From simple diagnostic tools to blower doors, this equipment helps to pinpoint energy losses and recommend solutions that will reduce your customers' bills and help you control your costs, too.
  • Infrared cameras – These cameras take pictures of heat radiating from the surface of an object, translate the information into temperatures and display the temperatures as colors.
  • Power meters – Power meters measure electricity use and power quality for everything from a home appliance to a transmission system. The Equipment Loan Program keeps several different models on hand.

Educational kits

Contains different light bulb technologies, display outlets and power and illuminance meters. Shows how solar, wind and conventional energy convert water to hydrogen.

Lighting efficiency display

Fuel cell kit

Working classroom-scale model of the equipment used to collect wind speed data to evaluate potential sites for wind turbines. Brings weather data into the classroom to help students learn about the impact weather conditions have on renewable generation

Anemometer

Data receiver

 

Visit our publication library to see the selection of renewable energy education CDs Energy audit equipment 

Lo-res; battery not field replaceable; for consumer, energy auditor Measure lighting levels in work or other spaces Stand-alone; direct read-out of lighting levels

Extech i-5 compact camera – see Infrared cameras

 

Illuminance meter

Determine appliance energy consumption; explain energy consumption to consumers; measure current, future capacity requirements before solar installation; classroom energy use demonstrations; line-powered; stand-alone; indoor use Measure line voltage, diagnose voltage drop, loading problems; calculate cost of electricity appliance uses; collect customer energy use data to determine monthly costs; demonstrate savings from off-peak power use; line-powered; stand-alone or computer hookup; software provided; memory

Kill-a-Watt – see Power meters

 

Watts Up? – see Power meters

 

 Home, business weatherization and energy audits, quality control for energy-efficient construction, enhance infrared inspection, shell tightening, create airtight building zones; weighs 50 lb., set-up required, ability to read, interpret gauges  Detects leaks in pressurized air and steam line hoses and pipes, electrical arcing, and bearing and other mechanical failures hand held, stand-alone detector with interchangeable sensors for airborne leakage (for leaks and arcing) and contact diagnostics (for mechanical testing)

Blower door

Ultra-sonic Leak Detector

 

Infrared cameras

Lo-res; battery not field replaceable; for consumers, energy auditors Hi-res; for linemen

ExTech i5

 

Micron

 

Hi-res; digital pictures; for electricians, facility managers Hi-res; remote display & operation; for lineman

FLIR T360

 

FLIR P-45

 

Med. res; for electricians, energy auditors Lo-res; digital pictures; for consumers, energy auditors

FLIR E45

 

Fluke Ti10

 

 Hi-res; digital pictures, wifi, remote control, downloads; for electricians, linemen  Hi-res; telephoto and wide-angle lenses; for electricians, facility managers

FLIR E60

 

FLIR EX320

 

 Very hi; digital pictures, wifi, remote control, downloads; for electricians, linemen  

FLIR T620

 

 

Power meters

 

power meter Determine appliance energy consumption, explain energy consumption to consumers, measure current, future capacity requirements before solar installation, classroom energy use demonstrations; line-powered; stand-alone, indoor use

DM-II Pro

 

Kill-a-Watt

 

Monitor peak loads at network critical points, manage load distribution line capacity, locate fault cause (i.e., cracked insulators), verify breaker, recloser, fuse operations; Battery- (rechargeable) solar-powered, memory, computer required, wireless on-site communication, software provided, single & three-phase overhead distrib. lines up to 69 kV, live-line installation (requires hotstick), weatherproof  Measure whole-building or –system energy use or power quality during normal operation, verify power distribution circuits, troubleshoot power distribution panels, individual machinery, monitor pad-mount transformers and phase unbalances Battery-powered (rechargeable); display screen or computer hookup, software provided, memory indoor/short-term outdoor use, requires 120-volt power outlet for recording data

LineTracker

 

Power Pad

 

Measure line voltage, diagnose voltage drop, loading problems; calculate cost of electricity appliance uses; collect customer energy use data to determine monthly costs; demonstrate savings from off-peak power use Line-powered; stand-alone or computer hookup; software provided; memory

Watts Up?

 

 

Dent power monitor

 

The tool pages provide more details about the about the uses for each tool and the skill level needed to operate it. Or visit What's your problem? (link), find the job you want to do and let that direct you to the tool you need. Use the right tool for the job and borrow it from Western's Equipment Loan Program. Customers pay only return shipping and handling. Check with the Equipment Loan Manager for the estimated shipping cost for each tool.