Home Energy Kit wins EU Sustainable Energy Award!
We are very happy to announce that the Home Energy Saving Kit has won the Consumers Category at the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2017. The winners were named at a ceremony at Salle des miroirs, Residence Palace, Brussels on Tuesday 20 June. The judges commented on the transferable nature of the Home Energy Saving Kit and praised its ease of use and potential to benefit a range of users - householders, business and schools.
Image: Anne-Marie Kelly, Dublin City Public Libraries and Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema accept the award. (see larger image)
“We are absolutely delighted to accept this EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Home Energy Saving Kit. This is the first scheme of its kind in Ireland, so it’s great to have it recognised at an EU-level here today. Codema’s unique relationship with Dublin City Council Libraries has made it possible to bring the kit into hundreds of homes across Dublin, making the city a greener place to be and helping our citizens to take the first step on their sustainable energy journey.” Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Codema
The EU Sustainable Energy Awards recognise outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables. Winners are chosen from a shortlist of the year’s most successful projects for clean, secure and efficient energy. With prizes from an expert jury and European citizens, the Awards highlight new ways to shape Europe’s energy future.
This is the second award for the initiative, having won the Best Energy Smart Initiative at the LAMA Community and Council Awards ceremony on 4 February 2017.
You can borrow the kit for a duration of 2 weeks in order to conduct a mini home energy audit. Simply check availability with your local library. Please return the energy saving kit to the library where you borrowed it.
The Home Energy Saving Kits have been developed by Dublin's energy agency Codema and are available to borrow at all branches of Dublin City Public Libraries. Each kit contains six practical tools to help you save energy at home. The items in the toolkits address three key areas of energy use in the home - space heating, hot water and electricity consumption - and can help identify common problems such as lack of insulation, poor ventilation and the appliances in the home that might be driving up electricity bills.
A new phase of the project with the SEAI has begun where feedback on use of the kit is being collected with suggestions and tips on following up on grants for improving home insulation and heating.