Library toolkits take the heat out of energy bills

Date published: 3 March 2016

Residents will be able to do their own home energy audits and potentially save on electricity running costs thanks to a new initiative at CityLibraries in Aitkenvale.

Tropical Energy Saver Toolkits have been made available to Townsville City Council through the Ergon Energy Community Fund.

The toolkits test the energy efficiency of appliances and can identify what parts of the home heat up more and make comparisons at different times of the day.

Community and Culture Committee chair Cr Sue Blom said the kits would assist residents to identify actions that could save them money on their electricity bills.

“These actions can be as simple as switching to a more energy-efficient light bulb or only filling your kettle to boil with enough water for the amount of cups required,” Cr Blom said.

The toolkits contain an appliance meter, an infrared thermometer, a stopwatch, a compass, a fridge/freezer thermometer and an activity sheet to record information.

“This helps residents to take control of their own power usage and potentially save them money on their next electricity bill,” Cr Blom said.

“We want residents to be informed so they can make small but effective changes to their energy consumption.”

The toolkits will be officially launched at an information morning on March 11 at CityLibraries Aitkenvale. Bookings can be made at council’s website