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Kilkenny Libraries launch Home Energy Saving Kits

08th December, 2020

We are delighted that our Home Energy Saving Kits have launched across all libraries in Kilkenny. 

In 2018, two libraries in Kilkenny piloted the Home Energy Saving Kit scheme and as they proved very popular, Kilkenny County Council purchased a kit for every library branch, an action set under the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024.

The kit helps people to get a better understanding of the energy usage in your home, identifies problem areas that may need your attention and suggest ways to improve energy efficiency.  These kits are now available to borrow in every library branch in the county.

Cathaoirleach Cllr Andrew McGuinness took time out of his busy schedule to launch the Home Energy Saving Kit in the City library and he got stuck into the guide book which explained how to use each gadget taking particular interest in the thermal leak detector.

“The kit is a practical way to explore energy usage and with the average Irish household is spending over €2,000 on household energy bills annually, anything to identify how to conserve energy in the home will have a lasting impact on the household budget with a positive knock on impact for the environment,” said the Cathaoirleach.

We are hosting an online event which includes a presentation from Katie Harrington, our Energy & Climate Awareness Officer. Katie will talk about energy saving in the home with the Home Energy Saving Kit, providing a perfect opportunity to hear about the benefits of borrowing one of the kits from your local library. For further details and to register for this event click here

Bernadette Moloney, the Environmental Awareness Officer with Kilkenny County Council commented that using energy saving measures can reduce your energy bill.

“By implementing easy energy saving measures, you could reduce your energy bill by up to 20% while improving the comfort of your home and I was delighted to organise the additional kits for the library branches.  The tools in the kit are easy-to-use, providing an interactive and tangible way to introduce the concept of energy usage into your home and a perfect way to get the whole family involved.  I would encourage schools to borrow the kit as well as Tidy Town representatives, as it could easily form a project under the competitions sustainability category."

The Home Energy Saving Kits are available from each library across Kilkenny county, and can be borrowed for a two-week period. For more information and to find your closest kit, check out our map.