As the nights draw in and the temperature falls away, we start to notice a marked increase in our energy use. The winter months tend to be the most energy-hungry time of year and the most expensive.
Have you ever thought about how much it actually costs to run your washing machine at 60 degrees compared to a 30 degree wash or how much electricity you use by leaving that television on standby?
Gloucestershire libraries, in collaboration with the local energy charity, Seven Wye Energy Agency, are hiring out Energy Monitors. These devices allow you to see how much electricity your household is using, and more importantly how much it is wasting.
For the cost of just £1 you can hire a Monitor for three weeks, in the same way you would a book.
For more information visit your local library or visit the Gloucestershire Libraries website www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/energy
Stroud Mayor Andy Read has such a monitor in his family home in Uplands. "By entering the price you pay for electricity you are able to see exactly what each appliance costs you. I discovered that my hi-fi costs £50 a year when I leave it on stand-by. That’s five new CDs! Suddenly bending down to turn it off properly, didn’t seem such a pain!"
Article added online: 23rd October 2010