Home Energy Saving Kits available to borrow in Leitrim’s libraries

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The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, has officially launched the rollout of the Home Energy Saving Kits Scheme to libraries in Leitrim and Roscommon. The scheme is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The Kits, designed by Dublin’s Energy Agency Codema, have been available in all Dublin City libraries since they were introduced last year. They are now available to borrow from libraries in Leitrim for a period of two weeks at any one time.

What are the Kits, and what are they for?

The Home Energy Saving Kits contain six easy-to-use devices to help householders save energy and cut costs. The kits are designed to enable homeowners to take charge of their energy use and provide them with the right information to make an informed decision on the next steps for energy efficiency improvements.

The Home Energy Saving Kits addresses three key areas of energy use in the home – space heating, hot water and electricity consumption and can identify common issues in homes such as lack of insulation, poor ventilation and the appliances that might be driving up electricity bills.

The Kits include a survey so that users can provide feedback

A survey form is included with every kit so that householders can provide valuable feedback on their use of the energy saving kits. The results of the surveys returned to date are positive.

Survey results

  • 96% of users would recommend the Kit to someone else;

  • 85% of people think more about how they use energy in their home after using the Kit;

  • 78% of people are taking more actions to keep the heat in by closing doors, drawing curtains or using draught excluders as a result of using the Kit;

  • 70% now turn off lights when not using them;

  • 57% of users are now thinking about making home energy efficiency upgrades to their homes particularly around wall insulation

  • 40% of users are thinking about buying energy saving light bulbs.

For more information on borrowing the kits contact your local public library in Leitrim, you can get contact details for your local library HERE

Public Consultation on Libraries Strategy 2018-2022

This scheme is another example of just how useful your local libraries are. So please remember that a public consultation about the Libraries Strategy 2018-2022 is open until 1st February 2018. If you want a say on the future of you public libraries you can find out more information about the consultation and how to contribute HERE

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