This was a project I initiated last year but has taken this time to get funding put in place and to be launched.
Last week I joined the launch on Friday in the Stroud library with Helen Royall from Transition Stroud and Barbara Moreton from SWEA who are running the pilot (see photo of them with monitors and below Barbara with SNJ journalist).
These Energy Monitors allow you to measure the amount of energy that your appliances use and can be borrowed free of charge for up to three weeks in the same way as you might borrow a book, DVD or CD. You need to put down a deposit of £5 which you will get back when you return the monitor. They can help to both reduce energy bills and carbon dioxide emissions.
Five monitors will be available for loan at each of the libraries - Stroud, Nailsworth, Stonehouse, Dursley, Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Quedgeley and Lydney. Already there are waiting lists and I've had contact from three other areas so far requesting monitors at their libraries.
Hopefully if this pilot goes well then more funding will be available to extend the project - but I should note a special thanks to the library staff as this is extra work on top of already lots they are doing.
See more here.