DIY Home Energy Saving Toolkits

You can check out the toolkit from your local library just like a book to save energy, save money and update your home.

Check it out!

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkit is designed for Silicon Valley Clean Energy community members and can help you save money on your utility bills while conserving vital resources. You can check out the toolkit from your local library just like a book. Following the User Guide and equipment in the toolkit, your home will be more energy efficient in no time!

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

Anyone with a valid library card can borrow a toolkit for up to three weeks from the Sunnyvale Public Library (www.sunnyvalelibrary.org), Sunnyvale Environmental Services Department (www.sunnyvale.ca.gov), and Santa Clara County Library District community libraries (www.sccl.org) in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga.

DIY Toolkit Videos

SVCE has created a series of short tutorial videos for understanding how you can better use the DIY Home Energy Saving Toolkits.

If your library is in need of equipment or tool replacements in the SVCE DIY Toolkits, or has new data to enter for inventory, please access the tracking sheet by clicking on the “Restocking” button below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the DIY Toolkit coordinator, Vanessa at vanessa.shin@svcleanenergy.org.

Interested in doing more? Visit any of our partners to learn more about things you can do to make your home as resource efficient as possible:

Valley Water offers a wide variety of programs and tools to residential and commercial sites within Santa Clara County, including rebates, site surveys, educational resources and more.  For detailed information, visit www.watersavings.org, or call 408-630-2554.

Rising Sun is a local nonprofit that operates job training and employment programs for underserved youth and adults to address climate change and economic inequity. Call 510-665-1501 ext 300, or visit www.risingsunopp.org/programs/ghc.”