You may remember I initiated a project to get Energy Monitors into libraries as part of the Transition Stroud Eco-Renovation Open Homes project - well it was launched last year - see here. Well I am delighted that the pilot project offering energy monitors for loan was so successful that it is to be rolled out across Gloucestershire.
Run by Severn Wye Energy Agency, in conjunction with Stroud District Council, the project now has a number of energy monitors for hire at every library across Gloucestershire, including the mobile libraries.
Here's how the press release describes it - although sadly no mention of Transition Stroud in making it happen in the first place...
Launching on 5th October at Nailsworth library, the project is part of SDC's continued work with the local energy organisation, Severn Wye Energy Agency, to help residents and local businesses do what they can to reduce energy consumption and save money.
The monitor is incredibly simple to install and just like a book, it can be borrowed for 3 illuminating weeks. The monitor helps track how much electricity a household is using and more importantly, how much it is wasting. Do you know how much leaving your television on standby really costs; have you ever seen how much more energy an ‘old style' light bulb uses compared to an energy efficient one? An energy monitor can help answer these questions.
The pilot project, which ran for 6 months during 2009/10, involved just 9 Gloucestershire libraries. It was so successful that the majority of them had a several month waiting list.
Commenting on the monitor during the pilot project, one resident said: “I cannot commend this monitor enough – it was an eye-opener for me and I became so obsessed with it that I was reluctant to return it! Thank you.”
More information is available on the Gloucestershire libraries website: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/energy. For more energy saving advice visit: www.swea.co.uk or call the Energy Savings Trust Advice Centre on 0800 512012.
Events in Stroud District area:
Launch at Nailsworth Library – 9.30, Tuesday 5th October
Central Mobile Library Launch – 9.30, Thursday 30th September