Sacramento public library patrons can now check out an energy monitor to find out how much electricity their household appliances are consuming.
The Sacramento Public Utility District has donated 56 "Kill-A-Watt" monitors to the library system, two for each branch. The device plugs in between an appliance's power cord and the wall outlet, providing instantaneous display of how much energy the appliance is consuming.
The monitor can also display how much the appliance costs on the consumer's energy bill, and forecasts costs by the week, month and year. It works on both 110-volt and 220-volt appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, heaters, televisions and computers.
"SMUD sees this program as a tremendous way to engage our customers in seeing the value of energy efficiency in helping them save money," John Grindrod, SMUD program manager, said in a statement.
To reserve a monitor, consult a librarian or visit the library website at saclibrary.org and search the catalog for "killawatt."