Everything you need to know about Ireland’s new Home Energy Saving Kits

Published by Catherine O'Toole on

March 7th 2017

Today saw the launch of Home Energy Saving Kits throughout Dublin. These kits were developed by Dublin’s Energy Agency, Codema and provide homeowners the equipment required to conduct a mini energy audit in their home. This is the first step to understanding energy consumption, becoming more energy efficient and saving money on your bills.

Each kit addresses three distinct areas in the home; space heating, hot water, and electricity consumption. Six tools are provided to measure energy usage in these areas. They can isolate problems such as poor ventilation, insulation quality and appliances that are heavy on electricity usage. A step by step manual is also provided which guides you through how to use each tool correctly so as to get  an accurate assessment of your home energy usage.

These kits are now available to borrow free-of-charge from libraries in county Dublin, for two weeks at a time. Click here for a full list of libraries. 

An online guide for practical steps in reducing your energy costs is also available from Codema’s website here. This lays out simple steps you can take in reducing your energy usage. You can use it in conjunction with the energy kit to maximise the efficiency and comfort of your home.

This initiative was inspired by a similar scheme that is running very successfully in South Australian libraries. Following a successful pilot project in Ireland, Codema teamed up with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to expand it to all Dublin libraries. This phase was officially launched today by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD in Pearse Street Library. Minister Naughten will soon announce an expansion of the Home Energy Saving Kits Scheme to libraries outside Dublin with immediate effect.

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Catherine O'Toole

Catherine is a contributor to the Green News. She has a BA in Photography from DIT and has a keen interest in conservation photography.