Do you want to save power and money at home?
Thanks to a successful funding application to Ergon Energy Envirofund, Council is now in possession of ten Home Energy Audit Kits. The toolkit provides you with the information and equipment to do a home energy audit, assisting you in finding out your patterns of energy usage and where you may be able to reduce your energy consumption (thus greenhouse gas emissions) and save money.
You can now borrow a Home Energy kit free of charge from any Mareeba Shire Library branch.
It’s a fun and educational way for you and your household to learn more about the power you use and how to reduce your power bills.
The Home Energy kit provides tools, information and a guidebook to help you make your home more energy efficient.
The Home Energy kit will:
- Measure which appliances use the most power in your home, and
- Provide you with ideas and some easy steps to save money and power and to reduce our impact on the environment.
What is in the Home Energy kit?
Power-Mate Lite – You can measure the power used by your TV, washing machine, dryer, fridge and other equipment and appliances with the Power-Mate Lite. The Power-Mate Lite also shows how much these appliances cost to run and the carbon pollution they produce.
A Thermometer – Use the Home Energy thermometer to check your room and fridge temperatures – it has a handy gauge to show you what the optimal temperatures should be for fridges, freezers, heating and cooling
Home Energy Digitech Light Meter – You can measure the amount of light in a room. Light meters measure the level of visible light or illumination in a given area. Light readings can measure the baseline lighting levels in a area before different lighting options are tested.
User Guide with Worksheets – The kit comes with instructional manuals to get you started so you can identify your biggest power users and simple ways to start lowering your power bills right away.
Where can you borrow the Home Energy kit?
Home Energy Toolkits can be borrowed free of charge from any of the public Libraries in the region. The kits can be requested and reserved through the online catalogue and they will be sent to any other library in the region (Chillagoe, Dimbulah, Kuranda), usually within a couple of days (subject to availability). Just show two forms of official ID displaying name and current residential address i.e. rates notice, lease agreement, utilities bill, bank statement, driver’s license.
All the information and paperwork should be included when you pick the kit up from the Library, however if you need extra copies, complete a copy of the Audit sheet and a copy of the Feedback sheet.
Please take the time to fill out the feedback sheet and return it to the Library as we would like to know how you found the home energy audit experience and whether there were any issues. This may also assist us in finding funding for future sustainability initiatives.
The kits can be borrowed for two weeks at a time and are not able to be renewed (this ensures everyone has a chance to access the kits). It is recommended to implement some of the measures and then have another go with the kit after a number of months or borrow it again in a different season. Please check the contents of the kit before you take it out. There is a replacement fee in case of damage or loss of certain items in the kit (Power meter $145, Light meter $50, Carrying case $50, Thermometer $10).
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