City of Sydney offers free energy monitors to households

By Staff Writer

In the lead up to Earth Hour, City of Sydney Council is trialling household energy monitors to curb the carbon footprint of local residents.

Council is seeking 100 volunteers within the local government area to receive free installation of an energy monitor that will measure the daily running costs of all electronics and electrical appliances, including plasma TVs, fridges, clothes dryers and heaters.

The monitors, or ‘smart meters’, feature a wireless visual display unit that reveals how much energy is consumed at any given time. It also displays the associated costs and amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated.

City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore said the monitors would allow households to watch their carbon footprint and contribute to reaching the Sustainable Sydney 2030 carbon reduction goals.

“The energy monitor allows residents to set household reduction targets and better manage their bills – a win for residents’ pockets and the environment,” she said.

“Energy efficiency is vital if we are to tackle climate change and the energy monitor will assist residents identify their consumption patterns and make more informed energy choices.”

EnergyAustralia will analyse energy use data from households before and during the 12 month trial to develop a case study of the City’s energy monitor pilot.

For more info or to register your interest in the trial visit the City of Sydney website.

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