Sussex libraries lend energy monitors
Public libraries across East Sussex are now loaning out energy monitors as well as books following a trial of the free scheme.
The monitors show how much electricity a householder is using at any one time, and the cost of the energy.
The monitors are loaned out for an initial three weeks, with the option to renew them for a further three weeks.
So far more than 800 people have borrowed the monitors, which clip round an incoming domestic supply cable.
The monitor plugs into a transmitter that sends real-time electricity consumption information to a portable display.
Councillor Matthew Lock of East Sussex Council said: "At a time when we're all trying to save cash, saving energy makes sense.
"These portable meters are really easy to use and can show you your 'energy devils' - those gadgets that are using electricity on stand-by and appliances that are much more energy-hungry than you thought."