Book worms can cut their bills by borrowing an energy monitor as part of a Glasgow pilot was launched yesterday (Thursday 21st October, 2010) to promote the 2010 Energy Saving Week.
The devices, provided by ScottishPower, will be available to borrow, free of charge, from five local libraries in Glasgow. If the pilot is successful it is envisaged, with the support of energy providers, that the scheme will be extended to all libraries in the city.
The energy monitors, also known as smart meters, will allow people to identify how much energy they are using, the financial cost and which devices are eating up the most power.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that households in the UK waste around 8% of their electricity bill on standby power. On average a household which monitors its energy levels could save between five to 15% on their bills.
The scheme was launched by Councillor George Redmond of Glasgow Life, which operates the libraries in the city.
Cllr Redmond handed over the first monitor to library user – Diane Hall - who is a member at The Bridge in Easterhouse.
Cllr Redmond, who has been testing one of the monitors in his own home for the last few weeks, said: “I want to urge as many Glaswegians as possible to make an extra effort to take out one of these monitors. It is a win-win situation. You will be making a contribution to making our city greener but in the process saves yourself some money.
”I found it fascinating to learn which applications in my house were costing me money and I’m going to put that knowledge to good use to save myself some cash.
”At the end of the day this is a great way to reinforce the important message of reducing energy consumption and costs.”
In support of Energy Saving Week, Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services (DRS) and the Glasgow Climate Change Partnership (GCCP) are organising a series of Energy Surgeries in different areas of the City to help Glaswegians get greener and save money.
Councillor Liz Cameron, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and the Economy, said: “We are working very hard to try to make Glasgow greener by driving down the city’s carbon emissions.
“But we need all Glaswegians to play their part by checking their own energy consumption levels.
“These monitors are an easy and free way to do this. You’ll save money and in the process make Glasgow a cleaner, greener place to live in.”
The five libraries taking part in the energy monitor pilot are - The Bridge, Easterhouse; Springburn Library, Hillhead Library, Langside Library and Pollok Library.
It is recommended that households borrow a monitor for at least for two weeks so they can carry on as usual the first week and then make an extra effort to save energy the next. That will allow householders to make a comparison and see where they can cut their costs.
A spokesman for ScottishPower said: “We are delighted to be involved in this pilot and provide these monitors free of charge to local libraries in Glasgow. We hope that as many people as possible can take part in this trial to reduce their energy consumption.
“The pilot will allow Glaswegians to see immediately what impact their home energy consumption has not just in terms of money but carbon emissions as well.”
The national Energy Saving Week is organised by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and takes place from the 25 to 31 October, 2010.
Notes to Editors
In support of Energy Saving Week, Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services (DRS) and the Glasgow Climate Change Partnership (GCCP) are organising a series of Energy Surgeries in different areas of the city. These surgeries will be delivered by EST and Glasgow Home Energy Advice Team (G-HEAT). GCCP partners will also host some of the surgeries include Jobcentre plus and Glasgow Life. Timings and venues are below.
Monday 25 October 2010
1pm-4pm – Maryhill Leisure Centre
Tuesday 26 October 2010
All day – Morrisons, Anniesland Cross & Asda, Parkhead
Wednesday 27 October 2010
9.30am-12pm – Toryglen Football Centre
1pm-4pm – Bellahouston Leisure Centre
Thursday 28 October 2010
Based around group timings – The Bridge, Easterhouse
Friday 29 October 2010
9.30am-12pm – Springburn Leisure Centre
9.30am-12pm – Pollok Library and Learning Centre
It is envisaged that the energy monitor pilot will be rolled out to all libraries. In the meantime, the pilot will allow Glasgow to test the initiative in each area of the city, enabling us to acknowledge individual needs for particular areas and then adjust the project to suits particular areas/ needs.
Also during energy week, Glasgow City Council, with support from GCCP, SGI, Historic Scotland and others will launch an energy competition to all schools in Glasgow. Entitled ‘City of Tenements’, it will raise awareness of the city’s cultural heritage, the challenge of climate change and sustainable design, as well as encouraging students to think creatively in order to make the cities tenement building more energy efficiency (and ultimately more sustainable).