Colorado Springs Utilities has teamed up with the Kraemer Family Library to provide three Kill A Watt meters that can be borrowed, just like books. A Kill A Watt meter is a simple and remarkably useful device for revealing how much plug-in appliances are costing you to operate.
To measure an appliance's electricity use, simply plug the meter into a wall socket and then plug an appliance or small electronic item into the meter. The meter will display how much energy the device uses over a specific period of time - even when the electronic is supposedly switched off.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about 10 percent of household electricity use is consumed by idle devices, or those that continue to draw power when they are off. This waste can be measured by the Kill A Watt meter. Once the high energy-use appliances are identified, you can take special care to turn them off, unplug them if not needed or replace them. By making energy-saving adjustments, you can take charge of your electricity use and lower your utility bill.
Springs Utilities has energy and water experts available to answer your questions at the Conservation and Environmental Center, and for more ways to save on your utility bill, visit csu.org.
Kill A Watt meters can be checked out from the Main Circulation Desk and circulate for 7-days. If you have questions please contact the Circulation Department at 719-255-3296.