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Be A Bright Spark... Save Energy... Visit The Library!
Tuesday 1st December, 2009

YOU just wouldn’t believe how much energy you waste in your own home!

Now residents in Wigan and Leigh can find out for free as the borough’s libraries trial new energy monitors.

People living in Wigan, Leigh, Ashton, Atherton and Standish can now borrow energy meters in the same way as books from their local library - helping reduce household bills and save the environment.

Taryn Pearson, head of Lifelong Learning for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, who manage libraries on behalf of Wigan Council, said: “We hope people will take advantage of this scheme and if successful we’ll be looking to buy more.

“These devises really show you in an instant where you can save money by taking very simple measures such as switching off appliances at the plug and only filling kettles halfway if you’re making a drink for two.
“All the little things really do make a big difference.”

The plug-in monitors are extremely easy to use; simply plug into the socket and plug your appliance in.

Each library has two monitors which can be loaned for up to three weeks.

Deputy leader of Wigan Council and the cabinet’s environment champion Cllr David Molyneux said: “This is a fantastic scheme and I’m delighted libraries are highlighting ways we can all help the environment.
“By making small changes we can all make a huge difference to our household bills and the environment.”

Public buildings throughout the borough - including the town hall itself – are also getting checked for energy efficiency.

An in-house carbon management team are looking at the 300 plus council-owned buildings, from libraries to market halls, and depots to day centres, with school buildings accounting for nearly two thirds of the council’s overall carbon emissions.

The team are also looking at alternatives to oil heating systems, such as wood pellet or bio fuel, solar-powered hot water, insulation and improved lighting controls.

And with every street lamp and illuminated road sign in the borough powered by 'wind energy' and many now converted to low-energy and LEDs, the borough is really full of bright sparks who are keen to be green!

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