If you have a Stanislaus County Library card, you can check out a "Kill A Watt®" power monitor just like you would a book and learn which appliances in your home are using the most power and costing you the most money to operate.
TID has donated 14 Kill A Watt® monitors, two for each of the Stanislaus County Libraries in the TID service area, to educate customers about energy efficiency.
The monitor is simple to use. Just plug the device into an electrical outlet, and then plug the appliance into the device. Enter the cost per kilowatt-hour, and the device displays the kilowatt-hour usage and the cost of electricity to run the appliance. Customers can monitor the energy cost of any 120 volt appliance such as refrigerators, freezers, televisions and computers.
The monitor helps customers understand how individual appliances can impact their energy bills and determine if those appliances should be unplugged or plugged into a power strip that can be easily turned on when the appliance is needed. The monitor even calculates cost and forecasts costs by the week, month or year.
TID and the Stanislaus County Library see the program as a way to educate their customers about energy efficiency.
"We are pleased to partner with the Turlock Irrigation District," said Vanessa Czopek, County Library Director. “These power use monitors will help customers get the information they need to use energy more efficiently.”
The Stanislaus County Library serves customers throughout the county at 13 library locations. The TID power use monitors will be available at libraries in Turlock, Denair, Hughson, Ceres, Keyes, Patterson, and Waterford.
For information on borrowing a monitor, visit your local library or go to www.stanislauslibrary.org and search the library catalog for “Kill a Watt.”