Energy monitors now available at Aberdeenshire Libraries

MEARNS residents will be able to monitor how much energy they use in their home, thanks to a new scheme launched in Aberdeenshire Libraries this week.

Stonehaven, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk and Portlethen are amongst 30 libraries across the region which are offering residents the use of an energy monitor, after funding from the Community Planning Partnership allowed Aberdeenshire Council to purchase the devices from Scottish Gas.

The monitors hook up to the electricity supply and help people to work out which of their home appliances or gadgets are using the most energy, so they can cut back on usage and switch them off when not in use.

Library borrowers will be able to borrow a monitor for one month with no further renewal as there will only be one monitor available per library. Normal fine charges will apply for a late return.

Infrastructure Services Committee Chair, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “These monitors will be a great way for people to see just how much energy they use day to day in their homes, and will let them see for themselves that making small behavioural and habit changes they can make a big difference to reduce the amount of energy used in their household.”

Chair of the council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Richard Stroud, added: “We are delighted that the library service can support this very worthwhile initiative to engage the local community in energy monitoring. We hope that this will be well received and will help to reduce Aberdeenshire’s carbon footprint.

“The monitors don’t save you money directly – they help you become more aware of the amount of electricity you are using. They can, however, help you make behavioural changes regarding your household appliances and in the long run could save money off your electricity bills.”

The monitors consist of three parts – the transmitter that clips around the cable on the electricity meter, the screen that displays energy usage and a power pack. It tells people how much electricity they are using, the cost per hour plus how much CO2 they are emitting.

To find out more about the energy monitors, contact Sustainability Officer for Aberdeenshire Council, Kelly Wiltshire by emailing kelly.wiltshire@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.