Idahoans now have access to a new tool to help measure electricity usage and save on power bills.
Energy Efficiency Kits are available for check out at public libraries throughout the state – including the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Each kit contains a Kill-A-Watt meter, instructions on how to use the meter, what the information means, and energy efficiency tips.
Users can connect electrical appliances to the meter, which then calculates power consumption by the kilowatt-hour – the same unit of measurement that utilities use.
Using the meter readings, consumers can estimate the electrical consumption and costs associated with each appliance by the hour, day, week, month, or entire year. Using the data from the meter and energy savings ideas, users can identify ways to reduce utility expenses.
This program is possible through a partnership between the Idaho Commission for Libraries, Idaho Power, Avista Utilities, and the Rocky Mountain Power. The purpose of the program is to help Idahoans who are trying to save money and/or trying to cut down on energy consumption.
“These meters are a great way for consumers to see how much it costs to use appliances and electronic devices, and how much energy many devices can waste if they are left plugged in when not in use,” said Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin. “We are happy to work with the utility companies and public libraries to help people reduce unnecessary energy consumption.”
For more information on the program or for energy-efficiency tips visit www.lili.org/energy or contact Gina Persichini, Idaho Commission for Libraries,