Monday, January 10, 2011

Kill A Watt Toolkits Available at the South Sioux City Public Library

The following press release was released by the library today.
Did you know that even after you push the OFF button on your TV remote, most televisions continue to draw power, adding dollars to your electric bill? This unseen energy usage, commonly known as “phantom” loads, can range from 4-12 percent of your monthly bill.

Did you know that the power of one kilowatt (kW) over a time of one hour is equal to one kilowatt hour (kWh) and will cost the average electric user 10¢. Consider this, if your family’s home computer was running in standby mode for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, it would cost your family a $1.80 per month. The average family has many continuously running electronics.

Using a Kill A Watt meter can help you to identify energy-wasting phantom loads. Simply plug the appliance into the meter and press the Watt button to display current amount of energy being used. To compare the efficiency of an appliance, run the test when it is standby mode and again when the appliance is in use.

Kill A Watt toolkits are available at the South Sioux City Public Library. Each toolkit includes instructions on how to use the meter, information on what your results mean and tips about energy consumption.

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