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Silicon Valley Energy Watch logoCheck it Out - Literally! Visit your library and – just like a book – check out the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkit. It’s stocked with supplies and measuring devices that will help you lower your utility bills while saving precious resources.

You get to keep:

  • LED light bulbs
  • Low-flow faucet aerators
  • A low-flow showerhead
  • Outlet gaskets
  • Weather stripping
  • Water leak detection tablets

Devices that enable the measurement of energy and water use are to be returned to the library in the toolkit box, and include:

  • A Kill-A-Watt® Meter for measuring the energy use of appliances and equipment
  • A thermal detector that checks for heat loss through windows, vents and doors
  • A special thermometer that helps set refrigerators and freezers to appropriate temperatures
  • A water flow rate bag that measures the true rate of flow from faucets and showerheads

The accompanying User Guide shows you step-by-step how to measure the energy use and water use of appliances and equipment in your home, and then shows you to reduce that energy and water use. Anyone with a valid library card can borrow a toolkit for up to two weeks from all branches of the San José Public Library, for up to three weeks from the Sunnyvale Public Library, Sunnyvale Environmental Services Department, and Santa Clara County Library District community libraries in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga.

This short video, created by Green Ninja, covers how to use several of the tools provided in the toolkit.

Not a do-it-yourselfer? Residents can also achieve energy savings with the help of energy audits and technical assistance offered at no cost by or through PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program at 800-743-5000 or

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.