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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Home Energy Saving Kit?

The Home Energy Saving Kit contains six useful tools that will help you understand your energy consumption at home and identify where savings can be made.  It helps you take the first step to becoming more energy efficient by identifying possible problem areas in your home.

2. Where can I get a Home Energy Saving Kit?

The Home Energy Saving Kit is available to borrow free-of-charge from all Dublin City Council Public Libraries, from a selection of dlr Libraries, and from all libraries in Roscommon, Leitrim and Cork City.  Please see the list below in alphabetical order:

Dublin City:

  • Ballymun Library
  • Cabra Library
  • Charleville Mall Library
  • Coolock Library
  • Central Library (Ilac Centre)
  • Donaghmede Library
  • Dolphin's Barn Library
  • Drumcondra Library
  • Finglas Library
  • Inchicore Library
  • Kevin Street Library
  • Marino Library
  • Pearse Street Library
  • Pembroke Library
  • Phibsboro' Library
  • Raheny Library
  • Rathmines Library
  • Ringsend Library
  • Terenure Library
  • Walkinstown Library

If you are a Dublin City Council staff member, you can also borrow a Home Energy Saving Kit from the Staff Library in Civic Offices.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown:

  • Deansgrange
  • dlr Lexicon
  • Dundrum
  • Stillorgan

If you are a dlr staff member, you can also borrow a Home Energy Saving Kit from County Hall.

Fingal: 

  • Balbriggan Library
  • Baldoyle Library
  • Blanchardstown Library
  • Donabate Library
  • Garristown Library
  • Howth Library
  • Malahide Library
  • Rush Library
  • Skerries Library
  • Swords Library

Cork City:

  • Bishopstown Library
  • Blackpool Library
  • Central Library
  • Douglas Library
  • Hollyhill Library
  • Mayfield Library
  • Tory Top Library

Leitrim:

  • Carrick-on-Shannon Library
  • Carrigallen Library
  • Dromahair Library
  • Drumshanbo Library
  • Kiltyclogher Library
  • Kinlough Library
  • Leitrim County Library / Ballinamore Library
  • Mohill Library

Roscommon:

  • Ballaghaderreen Library
  • Boyle Library
  • Castlerea Library
  • Elphin Library
  • Roscommon County Library
  • Strokestown Library

Wexford:

  • Enniscorthy Library
  • Gorey Library
  • Wexford Town Library

3. What tools are contained in the Home Energy Saving Kit?

Each Home Energy Saving Kit contains:

  • Fridge/ Freezer Thermometer - to measure the temperature of your fridge and freezer accurately and adjust accordingly.
  • Thermal Leak Detector - to detect energy leaks in your home by showing you the temperature differences with a coloured LED spot. This helps to spot thermal air leaks and identify areas for additional insulation and/or draught proofing.
  • Temperature & Humidity Meter - to identify both the temperature as well as the humidity levels in the home.
  • Plug-In Energy Monitor - to understand how much energy the appliances in the home use and help calculate their running cost.
  • Radiator Key - to bleed radiators if a wet central heating system is in place by releasing trapped air and making the radiators run more efficiently.
  • Stopwatch - to measure the flow rate of water taps, showers and bath to ensure that no water or energy is wasted.
  • User Manual - to provide very simple and visual instructions on how to use each tool in the kit.
  • Manufacturer’s Guidelines - to give you further information on each of the tools, you can avail of the manufacturer’s original guidelines.

4. Is the Home Energy Saving Kit easy to use?

Absolutely.  We have designed the kit in such a way that it is very easy to use and can appeal to homeowners with even the most basic knowledge of energy-saving.  The kit is accompanied by a step-by-step user manual and demonstration video, both of which explain how to use each tool correctly in a way that is very easy to understand.

5. Can I borrow a kit if I am not a library member?

No.  You must be a library member to borrow the Home Energy Saving Kit.  Simply enquire with your local library to find out how you can sign up.

6. What is the lending period for the Home Energy Saving Kit?

The lending period for the Home Energy Saving Kit can vary between library networks, but it is typically between 2-3 weeks.  To ensure maximum use and availability to the public, the toolkit is catalogued as a non-renewable item.

7. Why doesn’t my local library have a Home Energy Saving Kit?

As this initiative is a pilot-project, the kits are only currently available from the library branches listed above.  We will be monitoring feedback and demand levels from the public with a view to possibly expanding this scheme later in 2018.

8. I have borrowed the Home Energy Saving Kit but one of the tools doesn’t suit my house or the appliances I have.

The items in the Home Energy Saving Kit have been carefully selected so that they cater to the most common housing types, heating systems, etc., in Ireland.  In certain circumstances, you may find that one of the tools is not relevant to the type of environment you live in.  For example, you may live in an apartment that has storage heating.  You can simply use the other tools in the Home Energy Saving Kit as there are still lots of great savings to be made!

9. How much energy can I expect to save from using the Home Energy Saving Kit?

There is no definite answer as there are a number of key factors that will determine this; your house type, the upgrades you are able to carry out, your own behaviour and how willing you are to ditch bad habits!  To get a better insight into your energy performance at home, we recommend that you download our Worksheets to help record the results you get from each tool in the Home Energy Saving Kit.  Make sure to keep these worksheets in a safe place so that when you borrow the Home Energy Saving Kit in 3 months, 6 months or even a year later, you can compare results and see the progress you are making.

10. I have used the Home Energy Saving Kit and it has helped me identify a number of problem areas in my home.  Now what do I do?

As a first step, you can download a copy of our Guide to Home Energy Savings which provides simple tips on how to save energy across a number of key areas in your home, including possible solutions to the issues identified while using the tools in Home Energy Saving Kit.  There are also a range of energy-saving tips available on our website, simply click here

If you would like more detailed information on upgrading the energy efficiency of your home, please visit the Links section on our website.  This section contains lots of useful resources such as organisations you can contact for help, details of registered Building Energy Rating (BER) assessors, links to registered contractors, grants available, etc, so that you can make an impartial, informed choice on what’s right for your home.

11. I have brought the Home Energy Saving Kit home and one of the tools is not working. What do I do?

In the unlikely event that you have any difficulty using these tools, please refer to the manufacturers’ guidelines contained in the Home Energy Saving Kit.  If the problem persists, please notify staff when returning the toolkit back to your library.

12. Is the Home Energy Saving Kit for sale?

No, the Home Energy Saving Kit can only be borrowed from the library branches listed above.

13. Who developed the Home Energy Saving Kit?

The Home Energy Saving Kit has been developed by Codema, Dublin’s Energy Agency, and was initially funded through the INTERREG NWE project Academy of Champions for Energy (ACE) project, and more recently extended with support from SEAI. The Home Energy Saving Kit is based on toolkits developed by the Department of State Development of the Government of South Australia and has been redesigned to specifically suit Irish households and conditions.