Libraries launch initiative to help lenders reduce carbon footprint

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AS OF this week, Aberdeenshire libraries will be able to lend energy monitors to borrowers to help them see how much energy they use.

Funding through the Community Planning Partnership has allowed the council to purchase 30 energy monitors from Scottish Gas.

Energy monitors are small devices that hook up to your electricity supply and help you work out which of your home appliances or gadgets are using the most energy, so you can cut back on usage and switch them off when not in use.

Library borrowers will be able to borrow a monitor for one month with no further renewal as there will only be one monitor available per library. Normal fine charges will apply for a late return.

The monitors will be available locally from Peterhead, Boddam, Cruden Bay, Mintlaw, New Pitsligo and Strichen libraries.

Infrastructure services committee chair, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “These monitors will be a great way for people to see just how much energy they use day to day in their homes, and will let them see for themselves that making small behavioural and habit changes they can make a big difference to reduce the amount of energy used in their household.”

Chair of the council’s education, learning and leisure committee, Councillor Richard Stoud, added: “We are delighted that the library service can support this very worthwhile initiative to engage the local community in energy monitoring. We hope that this will be well received and will help to reduce Aberdeenshire’s carbon footprint.

“The monitors don’t save you money directly – they help you become more aware of the amount of electricity you are using. They can, however, help you make behavioural changes regarding your household appliances and in the long run could save money off your electricity bills.”

The monitors comprise three parts – the transmitter that clips around the cable on your electricity meter, the screen that displays energy usage and a power pack. It tells you how much electricity you are using, the cost per hour plus how much CO2 you are emitting.

To find out more about the energy monitors, contact sustainability officer for Aberdeenshire Council, Kelly Wiltshire by emailing kelly.wiltshire@aberdeenshire.gov.uk