As part of a statewide “Cut the Carbon” program, we now have a Kill-A-Watt energy detector available to check out. Put simply, the Kill-a-Watt is a little device that measures the electric usage of the appliance you plug into it. Neat, eh? We’ve set up a little kit that includes the instructions, a worksheet to help calculate the energy costs, and a brochure with tips and advice to reduce your carbon footprint. (There’s even a bookmark to remind you to measure your appliances while you’re reading!)
So if you’ve ever wondered how much energy that new large-screen TV uses, or what your laptop draws when it’s charging, now you can find out. Even better, you can use Kill-A-Watt to sniff out “phantom” power-drainers and identify those appliances that you may want to unplug when they’re not needed. Why not take it home and try it out? Let us know how it works for you… You can even post your results here as a comment on this post, or on our Facebook page, for all to see and compare.
We’d like to thank PSNH, the NH State Library, and everyone else involved for making sure these are available, free of charge, at every library in the state! To learn more about this program and other energy efficiency initiatives, check out NHSaves.com.