Tools for householders to manage their domestic energy use
Dublin’s energy agency, Codema, is making it easier for the public to understand how their home uses energy and to identify possible savings. With Dublin City Public Libraries, the agency has developed a kit of six easy-to-use tools and measuring instruments that householders can borrow to identify common problems such as lack of insulation, poor ventilation and inefficient appliances.
The kit includes a thermal leak detector, and energy monitor, a radiator key, a temperature and humidity meter, a stopwatch, and a fridge/freezer thermometer, along with a user’s manual and demonstration videos. Householders can borrow it free of charge from any Dublin City Public Library for up to two weeks at a time to tackle areas in the home such as space heating, hot water and electricity consumption. By reacting to the issues the kit identifies, a household can reduce its annual energy consumption by over 4000 kWh, emitting 1000 kg less carbon dioxide – and consequently can save up to EUR 450 each year, according to Codema.
This scheme has the potential to impact thousands of consumers. In the pilot phase involving 10 library branches in 2016, 17 kits were made available. They were used in 275 homes across Dublin, and attracted huge interest from the public, resulting in long waiting lists for the kits. With 67 kits now available, Codema estimates savings of over 1 500 000 kWh or more than 374 000 kg of CO2 could be generated by the end of 2017.
Project supported by Dublin City Public Libraries and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).