New tool allows you to 'check-out' energy savings

New tool allows you to 'check-out' energy savings

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW staff

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Posted on September 9, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 9 at 4:22 PM

Saving energy in your home is now as easy as a trip to the local library.  

The Oregon State Library and Energy trust of Oregon have joined forces to offer people an easy way to measure their electricity use in the home.  Oregonians can now check out a new tool at the library called a 'Kill A Watt' energy monitor. 

"This device allows you to measure the energy usage of any appliance or device you have in your home that's plugged into a wall socket," said Lizzie Rubado with Energy Trust of Oregon.

The tools hit the library shelves about two weeks ago and immediately proved to be a big hit. 

"They're all out on holds ... they were all checked out within three days of us having them," explained Nancy Arvesen with the Multnomah County Library downtown branch.

The meter also allows you to measure the energy you're wasting, like your TV which may be turned off but is still drawing power.

The meter is simple to use, just plug it into an electric socket and then plug the device your measuring into the meter.  The monitor then tells you how much energy the device is actually using.

The energy monitors are available for check-out at more than 50 libraries across Oregon. 

But if you're interested you'll to move quick. 

At many branches, they are all are checked out.
 

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