When visible, local public spaces like libraries invest in energy efficiency, there can be a ripple effect among other energy users in the broader community.
“On the topic of energy efficiency, quite a lot of buzz has come from talk of LED upgrades for most modern light fixtures, from public spaces like our library, to restaurants, to places of worship, to our very own homes,” wrote Thomas Flynn, assistant librarian at Marshall-Lyon County Library, in a story about the library’s lighting project.
Flynn hopes that this project inspires residents to explore and consider how to make energy efficiency improvements in their homes, as well.
“LED upgrades aren’t only helpful in decreasing energy costs in public spaces – they’re upgrades you can make in your own home,” he added. The library offers a “Power Check Meter” device available for checkout by patrons interested in learning more about electricity consumption by appliances and devices in their homes.
To spread the word about the upgrades and value of energy efficiency, the library released an article about the project on their website and issued a press release to the local papers and radio station.
Today, with its lighting retrofit project complete and hope on the horizon as pandemic restrictions begin to roll back, the library’s team is looking ahead to more ways to share the project’s success.
The library plans to provide future presentations and educational materials to patrons on the topic and raise awareness about energy conservation and the benefits of energy efficiency when they return to normal in-person programming and operations in the future. They are also encouraging other community groups and local organizations to apply for CERT Seed Grant support.
“The project was straightforward and the process simple, so it worked very well,” said Anderson. “We have encouraged others to review the grant and consider applying because it is such a simple process.”