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I have just got back from our local library and whilst I was there I noticed that you could hire an Energy Smart toolkit to do your own testing at home to see how you can be more energy efficient. I picked it up and have brought it home. It is full of little gadgets which are fun to use like this laser beam gun to get the temperature of objects i.e. walls, running water or high areas. I tested the floor where the sun was shining in and it read 29C and next to it where the sun has not warmed the floor it was 24C. Thats is quite a difference in temperature! They also have this gadget which you plug into the wall and run your appliance through it i.e. microwave and it tells you how much energy it had used up and how much it will cost you in electricity etc. I think that the local libraries are fantastic especially as they offer this for loan for free.


Posted anonymously, 21st May 2014


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  • I want to try this! My hubby and I always agreeing about turning things off at the power point.

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  • Great idea. I will ask at ours as they rund heaps of free/ low cost school holiday activities.

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  • I had no idea that libraries had this sort of thing. I will definitely be going to our library and asking them about it. I’d love to know what sort of energy usage some of our appliances have.

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  • What a great thing for the local library to have. i’ll have to check out our library and see if they have one to try.

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  • I wonder if our local library has one…

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  • Sounds like something I’ll have to investigate. Love my local library for all the services it offers.

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  • oh wow thats a great idea

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  • Oh my goodness what a fantastic idea to take control of your own usage. This is just another reason to visit my local library. Thank you.

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  • wow I had no idea you could hire a kit, will have to see if they have them at my library

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  • Wow didn’t realise local libraries had resources like this! Must go check it out sometime.

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  • This sounds like a great resource. I hope my local library has it as well.

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  • I hope our library has one. It sounds great.

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  • wow thats the first Ive heard, That is a great idea
    might check it out

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  • This is awesome, I’m going to see if my local library has the same.

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  • We have a unit that gets put in the electric box around all the wires and then a display in the kitchen that shows us how much energy we are using i brought it from catch of the day about a year ago its fantastic, and really helps us remember if we have left the pool pump on like we have done many of times lol

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