Home Energy & Water Saving Toolkit

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The Redwood City Public Library is proud to offer Check It Out! Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkits at each of our branches.  These kits are available to help save energy and water at home. Tools can be used in any type of residence including RV, Apartment, and Single Family Home (rental or own).

  • For children, the Toolkit should be used with adult supervision.
  • The Toolkit has a handbook that provides step by step information making the kit accessible for people of all levels of “handiness”.
  • There are items in the kit that you can keep and items that need to be returned with the kit. See page 2 of the handbook.
  • Customers need to sign a Waiver at check out that states that they may be fined for not returning the completed kit and that the kit must be returned at the library it was checked out at. 

The toolkits are provided in partnership with the San Mateo Office of Sustainability and the San Mateo County Energy Watch. Toolkits are available on a first come first serve basis.

 home energy kits 


What are the Check It Out! Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkits?

The energy and water-saving toolkit is designed for San Mateo County library customers to save money on their utility bills while conserving vital resources. The toolkit is stocked with tools for patrons to test the efficiency of their home’s systems and appliances that are to be returned to the kit. The toolkit is also stocked with equipment that customers can install in their homes and keep. The corresponding handbook provides additional resources for patrons that are interested in County-wide programs for energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and active transportation.

Who is providing this program?

The County and City Association of Governments (C/CAG) receives ratepayer dollars from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fund the Energy Watch program in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The Energy Watch program helps local businesses, governments, non-profits, farms, schools, and residents save energy by providing various incentives for energy efficiency projects. The Check It Out! Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkit is an initiative funded by the Energy Watch program. Energy Watch has partnered with the County Library System and the Peninsula Library System to disperse kits to residents through our local libraries.

Where can I find a toolkit?

The Check It Out! Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkits are available at all four Redwood City library locations.


office of sustainability                                                             energy watch