Case Study: Carlow County Library

Introduction

Carlow County Library is located in the heart of Carlow Town. It is a protected structure and was once a convent. Carlow Library staff have been very proactive in completing energy projects.

Time FrameCarlow County Library

The initial decision to proceed with energy efficiency upgrades took place in April 2014 and the projects were complete by September 2014. The works were funded by SEAI Better Energy Communities 2014.

Implemented Energy Efficiency Measures

Carlow Library opted to install two energy efficiency measures. The first measure they implemented was an upgrade of their lighting. Their existing lighting was T-8, magnetic ballast, mixed with some 2-D fluorescent fixtures. The existing T-8s were replaced with T-5 flourescent tubes and new fixtures and the 2-D fixtures were replaced with LED equivalent. Occupancy sensors were placed in low use areas such as toilets and canteen areas. These were only replaced in the main library section.

In 2013, Carlow Library also upgraded their gas heating system with boiler controls. They kept the existing boiler, but simply added zonal controls, thermostats and timers.

Savings

  • Cost Savings – Gas €4,700, Electricity 19% Cost Savings on Billing Period Nov-Dec2014.
  • Energy Savings – Gas 65,000-kWh (Not Adjusted), 28% Gas Savings, 35% Electricity Savings on Billing Period Nov-Dec2014

Engineer Responsible:

Elizabeth Cosgrave, MEng. Sc., BE MIEI

  • Email: Ecosgrave@ckea.ie
  • Phone: 056 779 08 56

 

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency

 

The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency is a non profit for public good energy consultancy. It is limited by guarantor by its board of directors. It was established under the EU SAVE programme in 2002 to provide sustainable energy information and services to the people of Carlow and Kilkenny, to local businesses and community groups and to the relevant Local Authorities. The CKEA has grown in stature since 2012,  employs 7 Engineers with a total staff of 10.

It’s income stream is primarily consultancy through public and private clients to whom Energy Services are provided.  The old saying ” a stitch in time saves 9″.

CKEA has two EU projects ongoing presently started in April 2014 running for 3 year term.

The Agency can be consulted for impartial information, advice and support by anyone considering energy efficiency, energy management or renewable energy projects nationally.

Member of the European Partnership for Local Energy Agencies.

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