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New kit helps measure energy efficiency in your home

By Blue Mountains City Council
Posted: 14 Mar 2024
Ray Gilmour trials the Energy and Water Saving Kit.
Blue Mountains libraries have introduced a new kit which helps you check for water leaks, high energy items, costly behaviours and other building design and insulation flaws in your home, community building or business.

The Energy and Water Saving Kit, which is available to borrow at Blue Mountains libraries, helps you save valuable resources and reduce your bills.

In 2021/2022, 73 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions generated in the Blue Mountains Local Government Area (LGA) came from detached dwellings*.

According to the Climate Council, energy-efficiency is widely recognised as one of the easiest, cheapest and fastest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as reduce household energy bills.

Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill said: “Rising energy costs are a real concern for Blue Mountains residents. This kit is a simple and effective way to identify where heating or cooling might be escaping your home and make the necessary changes.

“Making your home more energy efficient is a key part of living sustainably and having an environmentally friendly lifestyle and this kit makes that process easy.”

Blaxland resident Ray Gilmour approached Council with the idea of introducing a kit to the local library system after reading about similar versions on an energy efficiency Facebook group.

Mr Gilmour recently used the kit and identified areas of energy loss from his home that he plans to address such as gaps in insulation, as well as heat escaping from his hot water tank.

“The kit was well put together and I had a lot of fun with it. It has given me a few areas around home that I’ll be researching. Thanks to Council for taking my suggestion onboard. I hope others will find it useful,” Mr Gilmour said.

The Energy and Water Saving Kit contains:

  • Thermal imaging camera (FLIR) to detect areas of energy loss in the home such as missing insulation, gaps in floorboards or around doors, etc.;
  • Power meter to measure the energy used by specific appliances so you can calculate running costs and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Stopwatch for calculating water use;
  • Energy-saving thermometer to check your rooms, fridge and freezer are set to the most energy-efficient ranges; and
  • Step-by-step instruction guide.

The ‘My Energy and Water Saving’ kit is a trial and suggestions for improvements to the kit can be made at here. If residents find it a useful resource, Council hopes to add more kits for loan in the future.

Find out more and loan the kit from here.

*Data from Resilient Sydney emissions dashboard

 
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