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Libraries to lend energy meters

Smart meter and display
The meters show which appliances use the most electricity

Edinburgh libraries are expanding their services to offer money saving tips and technology to help residents during the recession.

The libraries have 100 energy meters available to take on loan for a week.

The devices show which electrical appliances and lights use the most power.

The libraries are also offering free IT training taster sessions to help people get the most from the internet and other computer resources.

New books on managing money, debt and guides to help people become more self-sufficient are being made available.

These will give advice on how to grow vegetables and cook on a budget.

The city council said the scheme would help people save money during the downturn, as well as helping to save the environment.

Councillor Robert Aldridge said: "I'm delighted to see the libraries are highlighting ways in which we can become more environmentally friendly.

"By making some small changes in how we live, we can all save money and also help save the environment - a win win situation."



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