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Get down to the library now for your home energy use kits

By johnboy - 5 March 2009 26

Simon Corbell is proudly launching the Home Energy Action Kit which you’ll be able to loan from public libraries if you’re one of the happy few to still live near one.

    “The Home Energy Action Kit is an effective and practical set of tools to help householders become energy smart and it is available for free loan from our public libraries.”

    The kit contains:

    — A power meter to measure energy consumption and running costs of appliances;
    — An infrared thermometer to measure fridge, freezer and hot water temperatures;
    — A compass to identify the orientation of the home and passive solar heating opportunities;
    — A stopwatch to measure shower and tap flow rates;
    — Instructions on using the equipment and worksheets to calculate your home energy efficiency; and
    — A Home Energy Action Plan to record actions you will take to save energy and reduce bills.

(Comic by Panama)

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Get down to the library now for your home energy use kits
jakez 11:15 am 06 Mar 09

caf said :

ant: The power meter thing is actually a real piece of gear that you plug in between the appliance and the socket (there’s a picture of the kit contents in the latest government propaganda newsletter). It looks like the most useful bit of the kit by far, to me. Even if you can’t afford to replace appliances that use a lot, you can at least find out which ones it’s worth trying to use less.

I have to say I do find testing different appliances intriguing.

caf 11:09 am 06 Mar 09

So what’s the big Angry Henry idea then? Business As Usual?

ant: The power meter thing is actually a real piece of gear that you plug in between the appliance and the socket (there’s a picture of the kit contents in the latest government propaganda newsletter). It looks like the most useful bit of the kit by far, to me. Even if you can’t afford to replace appliances that use a lot, you can at least find out which ones it’s worth trying to use less.

AngryHenry 10:56 am 06 Mar 09

What a retarded idea.

How long do you think it will take before all the pieces go missing? Or worse still, based on a previous article, someone wipes snot all over it?

So i use the power meter and my appliances aren’t that energy efficient, but given the current economic situation it’s not like I can afford to buy new ones.

I use the thermometer to test the temp of the fridge and hot water. Or I could just open the door and see if it’s cold, or god forbid turn on the tap to see if the water is hot.

If you need a compass to work out the orientation of your home you should perhaps be living under a rock. And even if you worked out the passive solar heating options could you afford to do anything about it given that most of your wage is being funnelled into paying off your mortgage.

And a stopwatch. So you can entertain yourself by racing your shower against the rest of your taps. How much water do you waste testing flow rates?

Civic Library only has two of these kits. What a brilliant intiative.

Stop being wankers and do your jobs properly.

Granny 10:53 am 06 Mar 09

Furry Jesus said :

Will it tell me why I don’t have the energy to mow my back lawn?

I’ll hook you up to the power meter while you mow the thing, whilst simultaneously timing you with the stop watch! This should reveal something.

ant 10:35 am 06 Mar 09

Skidbladnir said :

The cartoons are crap.
Also, MacGyver is spelled wrong.

I think they’re good, I always get a chuckle out of them.

Furry Jesus 10:23 am 06 Mar 09

Will it tell me why I don’t have the energy to mow my back lawn?

Skidbladnir 10:22 am 06 Mar 09

ant said :

Those cartoons are good (the Panama ones).

The cartoons are crap.
Also, MacGyver is spelled wrong.

ant 10:10 am 06 Mar 09

I’d sure like to know how to caclerlate the energy useage of my various applicances. I am very suspicious of the fridge, for instance. It runs a lot. i’m also eyeing the stove, one of the lights flickers although the hotplate isn’t warm. What’s it up to? and it seems you aren’t allowed to buy a microwave now that doesn’t have little lit-up numbers on it.

However, I bet the energy use thing is just a general ready-reckoner, like they use on those shows where they do an energy audit.

Those cartoons are good (the Panama ones).

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:18 am 06 Mar 09

How long is the queue now?

Why don’t you find out before you start whining? Judging from all in here who are apparently so flush with cash they couldn’t care less about reducing their power bill, the answer should be ‘there isn’t one’.

MWF 10:11 pm 05 Mar 09

I’ve been biting my tongue for a few hours, hoping that I wouldn’t be the first pedant on this thread. My tongue is now bleeding.

I believe we borrow from the library.

Thumper 7:25 pm 05 Mar 09

Hahahaha, is it April the first?

Mr Evil 6:05 pm 05 Mar 09

Pity the kit doesn’t include a free plastic Stanhope doll (like those Warnie and Boonie dolls VB were handing out) that gets all moral and indignant when you use to much power and tells you over and over to turn things off.

old canberran 5:59 pm 05 Mar 09

I wonder how many will electrocute themselves measuring the power consumption of appliances. Should be interesting.

aussielyn 5:51 pm 05 Mar 09

Good scoop!
It appeared to be a good initiative until I read the press release and discovered that Civic Library has just two kits. How long is the queue now?
Will more kits be purchased if the demand warrants it?
Am I able to reserve one from the, to be, re-opened inner south library or has M16 Art Gallery taken over the old Griffith Library site?

barking toad 5:13 pm 05 Mar 09

Sooooo, you can drop into the local library, curtail your Walpoleing activities before visiting the cheese shop and borrow a compass to find which way’s North, then a stopwatch to time how long you sit in the bath, a thermometer to tell you whether the beer’s cold (don’t they have hands?) along with other useless paraphernalia. When you’ve had your fun with the little package, presumably you return it to the library (do you get late fines, like library books?).

No doubt this little package will be accompanied by reams of glossy brochures (ala the ACTEWAgl WaterSaver Kit which tells you how to save water by making sure taps are properly turned off)sourced from the best of imported paper made from our woodchips.

Do the idiots that come up with these stupid ideas have any supervision? Stanhopeless and his local council have a lot more to answer for than just the criminal grassby statue.

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