People spend more time in home and workplace buildings than they do in any other place. In Europe, buildings account for over 40% of the total energy consumed and user behaviour accounts for a significant proportion of this. While many people are aware of the importance of saving energy, sometimes there can be a lack of understanding of where significant changes can be made. Codema addresses this information gap by regularly running awareness campaigns with the Dublin local authorities.
These campaigns provide simple and effective information on how staff can play an active role in reducing energy consumption in the buildings they live and work in. These campaigns can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the organisation and include dedicated staff energy days, energy awareness surveys, expert talks on energy saving, competitions and quizzes, night-time energy audits, interactive displays and more!
What is Think Energy?
In 2013, Codema developed an award-winning energy awareness programme for Dublin City Council called "Think Energy", which aimed at inspiring and informing staff in Civic Offices to become more conscious of how their behaviour can play a significant role on the energy use of the building that they work in. Co-funded through the European project BuildSmart, the campaign was carried out from June 2013 - June 2014, finishing with the Think Energy Awareness Days. It saw a range of Think Energy Ambassadors becoming active in their offices to motivate their colleagues in conserving energy. The campaign was supported by the Corporate Services Department in Dublin City Council and in 2015, the campaign won a Local Authorities Members Association (LAMA) Award for 'Best Energy-Smart Initiative by a Local Authority'.
Since its initial implementation, Think Energy has been carried on and was extended to Dublin City libraries to help engage with local communities who wish to learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy. For this purpose, Codema developed a range of communications materials including a 3D Sustainable House, a Lighting Display, a Guide to Home Energy Savings and the Home Energy Saving Kit (co-funded under INTERREG IVB NWE as part of the ACE project), which contains 6 practical tools to help you save energy at home and is available to borrow free of charge from participating public libraries.
Initially piloted in 10 Dublin City Council library branches, the Home Energy Saving Kits have been extremely popular with the public, and are now available to borrow from all Dublin City Council Public Libraries, from a selection of dlr Libraries, and from all libraries in Roscommon, Leitrim and Cork City.
The Think Energy campaign is now also running in South Dublin County Council's County Hall, and is set to begin soon in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown's offices.