Check out a Green Home Energy Toolkit!

Are you a “green” thinker?

Do you want to know how energy efficient your home is?

Lastly, are you interested in saving some cash?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you should head to your local branch of the Edmonton Public Library and borrow a Green Home Energy Toolkit!

The toolkits are a follow up to the very popular Green Home Guide and Green Living Guide, guidebooks that help Edmontonians make eco-friendly choices for their homes and living sustainably in all aspects of life.

Each of the 10 kits contains a guidebook to help citizens navigate the kit’s materials, readings about energy efficiency and the following hands on tools:

  • A Kill-A-Watt Meter which measures the energy demand of an electrical appliance.
  • An Imaging IR (Infrared) Thermometer to measure the temperature of areas, objects and surfaces.
  • A stopwatch to record precise times in a shower or tap flow rate test.
  • A Light Meter to measure the amount of light in a room.
  • One LED Light Bulb to use with the Kill-A-Watt Meter to see the difference in energy use compared to conventional incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • A Battery Charger & Rechargeable Batteries for each tool.

The kits are free and can be checked out at any Edmonton Public Library location – just like a book. The toolkit is a great way to introduce families to greener household practices. In fact, it’s a great cool way to get kids involved, because the tests and tools are fun.

Already the Toolkits have proven popular, since they hit the libraries on (date) there has been 300+ holds placed on them.

Join the energy transition movement by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from your home. You can learn best practices to conserve energy, save money and join other Edmontonians on the quest to become a carbon neutral city.

So if you’re interested, check it out at your library location. Have some fun while learning how you can make practical changes to your home!

For more information check out:

www.edmonton.ca/energytoolkit

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Alexa Steiner
Alexa Steiner is a Communications Technician in the Sustainable Development Department at the City of Edmonton
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