Pick Up a Free Energy Meter and Cut Your Energy Costs
Chatham-Kent area residents can check out an Energy Meter from the Chatham-Kent Public Library and monitor energy consumption at home thanks to a partnership with Entegrus. They are easy to use and provide information on how much electricity an appliance uses and they also provide an associated cost to run the appliance. They are available at all CKPL branches and normal borrowing privileges apply.
If you're new to the practice of home energy monitoring, it's simple: plug the meter into an outlet, and then plug an appliance (fridge, telephone, etc.) into the meter, which can measure either the instant energy increase or the average rate of energy use over time.
The opportunities to conserve electricity are immense. Conservation is easy! It is just making a series of very small changes that can over time become a natural way of living: turning off lights when you leave the room, changing your furnace filter regularly, ensuring that windows and doors are properly sealed etc. While these changes may seem small, they can add up to big savings on your energy bill, and have an even bigger impact on the environment!
Understanding your energy consumption is the first step to knowing how to reduce it. So if you're in the Chatham-Kent area, visit any branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library and check out an energy meter. Once you understand your consumption, check out the wide variety of conservation programs Entegrus has to offer. The loan period for an energy meter is 21 days. Additionally, check out some of our other materials on energy consumption and energy conservation.
The program is offered in partnership with Entegrus.