Literally, visit your library and – just like a book – check out the new San Mateo County Check It Out! Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkit. It’s stocked with supplies and measuring devices that will help you lower your utility bills while saving precious resources. You get to keep one LED light bulb, two faucet aerators, one low-flow showerhead, a packet outlet gaskets, a package weather stripping and water leak detection tablets. Devices that enable the measurement of energy and water use are to be returned to the library in the toolkit box, and include:
- A Kill-A-Watt® Meter for measuring the energy use of appliances and equipment
- A thermal detector that checks for heat loss through windows, vents and doors
- A special thermometer that helps set refrigerators and freezers to appropriate temperatures
- A water flow rate bag that measures the true rate of flow from faucets and showerheads
The accompanying Handbook shows you step-by-step how to measure the energy use and water use of appliances and equipment in your home, and then shows you to reduce that energy and water use. Anyone with a valid library card can borrow a toolkit for up to three weeks from all branches of the San Mateo County and Peninsula Library System.
Don't know where to start looking for energy waste in your home? The HomeIntel program is complementary to this toolkit, and is available at no cost to Peninsula Clean Energy and PG&E customers. Sign up for HomeIntel's Smart Audit, a web-based app that analyzes your smart meter data to determine your home's unique energy profile and creates a custom energy savings plan that helps you identify priority areas of potential energy waste.
Not a do-it-yourselfer? Income-qualified residents can also achieve energy savings with the help of energy audits and technical assistance offered at no cost by or through PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program at 800-989-9744 or pge.com/esap.
This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission
Available now at your local library!
Now that you have checked out the Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkit it is time to kick your energy savings up a notch! Find out ways you can save energy to make your home (and pocketbook!) more comfortable here