Energy Saving Monitors launched in five Glasgow libraries

Energy Saving Monitors have been launched in five local libraries in Glasgow as part of a pilot scheme to promote the 2010 Energy Saving Week.

The devices will be available to borrow, free of charge, and if the pilot is successful it is envisaged, with the support of energy providers, that the scheme will be extended to all libraries in the city.

The energy monitors, also known as smart meters, are provided by ScottishPower and will allow people to identify how much energy they are using, the financial cost and which devices are eating up the most power.

The Energy Saving Trust, who organised the 2010 Energy Saving Week, estimates that households in the UK waste around eight per cent of their electricity bill on standby power. On average, a household which monitors its energy levels could save between five to 15 per cent on their bills.

It is recommended that households borrow a monitor for at least for two weeks so they can carry on as usual the first week and then make an extra effort to save energy the next, to allow householders to make a comparison and see where they can cut their costs.

The five libraries taking part in the energy monitor pilot are Springburn Library, Hillhead Library, Langside Library and Pollok Library and The Bridge, Easterhouse.

Councillor George Redmond of Glasgow Life, which operates the libraries in the city said: “I want to urge as many Glaswegians as possible to make an extra effort to take out one of these monitors."

"It is a win-win situation. You will be making a contribution to making our city greener but in the process saves yourself some money."

Further information:
Glasgow City Council