Carroll Electric helps residents 'Kill A Watt'
Looking for ways to save energy and money? Tracking your electric use is the first step in reducing energy costs and keeping those hard-earned dollars in your wallet.
Carroll Electric Cooperative is introducing a new device called a “Kill A Watt EZ Monitoring Meter” to help members and nonmembers identify which of their appliances are using the most electricity — and where they can save money by cutting usage. Community members can begin checking out these devices at participating local libraries in and around the cooperative’s service territory.
“Becoming aware of how your home uses energy is key to reducing usage and costs” said Larry Fenbers, Carroll Electric Cooperative CEO/general manager. “We’re excited that local libraries have agreed to accept the donation of these devices and help us assist community members in making more informed decisions about energy savings.”
Carroll Electric has had a Kill A Watt rental program in place for two years, but the program has been limited to cooperative members. As the price of electricity is projected to increase, the cooperative saw a need to help all community members understand their electric usage habits and help control their costs.
“The Kill A Watt meter allows individuals to test appliances like electric space heaters, refrigerators and even game consoles to see just how much these appliances and electronic devices affect their monthly electric bill,” said Fenbers.
Carroll Electric has donated several of these Kill A Watt devices to libraries throughout the cooperative service territory. The devices are now property of the libraries and will follow their individual guidelines for loan periods. Contact your local library to check loan periods and restrictions. You must have a valid library card in order to borrow a Kill A Watt device through this program.
So what is a Kill A Watt device?
It simply plugs into a wall outlet and then you plug your appliance or electronic into the device. The Kill A Watt device then monitors how much electricity the appliance is using and displays the result on a small screen, showing both the kWh use and the cost associated with that usage. Devices may be checked out from libraries, including:
- Minerva Public Library, Minerva
- Puskarich Public Library, Scio
- Tuscarawas County Public Library, New Philadelphia
- Tuscarawas County Public Library, Bolivar
- Tuscarawas County Public Library, Strasburg
- Tuscarawas County Public Library, Sugarcreek
- Tuscarawas County Public Library, Tuscarawas
Carroll Electric members may continue to borrow a Kill A Watt device from the cooperative office. Members of Carroll Electric are not required to hold a library card if they are borrowing the device directly from the cooperative office.
For more information, contact 800-232-7697 or visit at www.cecpower.coop.