Today, An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Murphy launched the Home Energy Saving Kits, which is promoted in partnership with the dlr Energy Team, dlr Libraries and Codema.
Energy Savings Kits will help householders better understand their energy use and reduce their bills. The six tools in the kit address key areas of energy use in the home - space heating, hot water and electricity consumption - and can identify common issues such as lack of insulation, poor ventilation and the appliances that might be driving up electricity bills.
Pictured at the launch by the Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council of domestic energy saving kits which will be available to the public on loan from the libraries were, left to right, Dr. Gerry Wardell of Codema, the suppliers of the kits. Councillor Tom Murphy, Cathaoirleach of dlr and and Maireád Owens, County Librarian, dlr.
Pictured at the launch by the Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council of domestic energy saving kits which will be available to the public on loan from the libraries were, Councillor Tom Murphy, Cathaoirleach of dlr with Suzanne Fitzpatrick and Dr. Gerry Wardell of Codema, the suppliers of the kits.
Speaking at the launch, an Cathaoirleach said: “Citizen engagement with Energy and Climate Change starts with addressing energy issues within our own homes. The Home Energy Savings Kits are easy to use and will help many homeowners take that initial step on their sustainable energy journey.”
DLR County Librarian, Mairead Owens, added: “This project promotes energy awareness and builds on core library principles of sharing community resources to engage, educate and enrich citizens. We are delighted to support energy awareness through the public roll-out of the Home Energy Saving Kits within dlr Libraries.”
Sarah Cassidy, Energy Officer with dlr added: ‘This project feeds into DLR’s Public Sector exemplar role on Energy. Links to both SEAI domestic energy grants and legislation currently governing domestic renewables are available here, together with examples of other recent energy works undertaken by DLR. On a broader scale the DLR Climate Change Plans are currently being drafted and will be available later in the year.’
Gerry Wardell, Codema’s Director, added: “Codema is delighted to be collaborating with DLR on this public awareness project. Codema’s initial collaboration with Dublin City Public Libraries on the pilot roll out of energy kits was very positively received. With the backing of Minister Denis Naughten, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the SEAI the programme has extended to include other Local Authorities, including Roscommon and Leitrim with Cork City and Fingal County Council due to receive them imminently. The increase and promotion of the Home Energy Saving Kits will hopefully encourage a shift in behavioural change that is needed to improve energy efficiency at both a local and national level.”