SMUD and Sacramento Public Library team up to offer power use monitors
Borrow one like you would a book and see how much energy and money you can save
If you have a Sacramento Public Library card, you can check out a "Kill A WattTM EZ" 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.
SMUD has donated 56 Kill A WattTM EZ monitors, two for each of the Sacramento Public Library's 28 branches, in an effort to educate customers about energy efficiency and about SMUD programs designed to help them save money.
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 110- or 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.
SMUD and the Sacramento Public Library see the program as a tremendous way to engage their customers on a grand level. "This service is one more way Sacramento Public Library can fulfill its mission to provide valuable information to the public – information that can impact their lives for the better," said Library Director Rivkah Sass. "The library is thrilled to partner with SMUD to help Sacramento residents lower their energy use," she added." The Sacramento Public Library system serves residents throughout Sacramento County - the same territory as SMUD - and more than 600,000 county residents have library cards.