Check out a Kill A Watt meter at your library

Two years ago, Cass County Electric Cooperative donated two Kill A Watt meters to each library in its service territory. Have you checked one out?

The Kill A Watt meters can be checked out and taken home to help members find how much energy their appliances are consuming. Members can see how turning certain items off can save on their bills. The meters also help understand the benefit of buying an ENERGY STAR appliance when it is time to buy a new item. Compare how much energy your current appliances are using with the energystar.gov site to find how much a new ENERGY STAR model costs to run. The information will be useful if the time comes to replace any of the appliances.

As the cost of energy goes up, more people are becoming concerned about their utility costs. Consumers are looking for ways to manage their energy use and reduce costs. Using a Kill A Watt meter is a simple way to see how much energy is used.

Find “phantom load” in your home. Find how much items are cost to operate when they are plugged in, yet not in use – you may be surprised. Simply unplugging them gives you instant savings. Items that typically cause “phantom load” when plugged in, yet not in use are: cell phone chargers, coffee makers (with a display that lights on at all times), TVs, computers, anything that is left in a stand-by mode when not in use or anything that has a transformer-type plug in, such as a hair dryer.

Check out a Kill A Watt meter at your library today! Libraries include: Arthur, Buffalo, Casselton, Enderlin, Fargo Main Library, Fargo Northport Library, Fargo Dr. James, Carlson Library, Kindred, Leonard, Lisbon, Valley City and West Fargo.

Check out a video demonstration at http://www.togetherwesave.com/watch-and-learn.

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