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Dublin City Energy Fair a Huge Success

23rd June, 2015

There was a great reaction to the Dublin City Energy Fair which was organised by Codema in Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices on Friday, 19th June during EU Sustainable Energy Week.

There was a whole host of interactive displays on offer to the public to promote the importance of renewable and sustainable energy across the city.

On the theme of sustainable transport, Nissan were on hand to offer test drives of the Nissan Leaf and Green Aer had a range of electric bikes on display for the public to take a spin on.  Green Aware also came along to host the energy bike challenge in the staff canteen which demonstrated the need for some real pedal power to generate enough energy to power typical household appliances.

The Dublin City Public Libraries’ learning bus became the renewable energy learning bus for the day and was kitted out with lots of promotional material, information on renewable sources and handy energy-saving tips.

We also launched our Home Energy Saving Kit which features six key tools to help you carry out a mini energy audit of your home.  These home energy saving kits will soon be available in a selection of Dublin City Public Libraries for the public to rent out and will be the first time ever that such a scheme has been implemented in Ireland.

The interactive lighting display featured common bulb types on the market and highlighted the difference between the cost, energy efficiency and lifespan of these bulbs.  It also showed how much light each bulb gives off and how to select the right bulb type for each room.

Codema’s Donna Gartland had lots of interest at her renewable energy stand, where she gave a practical demonstration on solar panels and displayed the renewable energy mapping system that Codema is currently developing for Dublin city and county.  Energy Elephant were also on hand to display their traffic light system which displays how much renewable energy is currently on the national grid, along with a demonstration of how their meter-reading app works.

Cartoonist Allan Cavanagh brought renewable energy to life with his caricatures of Dublin City Council in a renewable Dublin setting.

Finally, the ReDiscovery Centre came along to display a range of household items that have been upcycled and provided information on the LIFE project to retrofit the Boiler House in Ballymun.