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."

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