Take Steps to Lower your Energy Use: Try the Kill-A-Watt

This new tool, available for free rental from libraries, can be used to measure the energy efficiency of your household appliances.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about 10 percent of household electricity use is consumed by idle devices. Idle devices are those that still continue to draw power even when they are switched 'off.' This phantom energy use happens because certain appliances continue to draw power when plugged in to electrical outlets. This waste can be addressed by the Kill-A-Watt™ device which allows you to find out how much energy household appliances consume.

By connecting your household appliances to the Kill-A-Watt™, you can assess how energy efficient they are and better understand how much power they need. The device readings allow you to track and calculate the appliance's electricity usage per hour, day, etc. The device calculates consumption by the Kilowatt (kW) hour, the same standard measure used by National Grid or Nstar when they process your utility usage and bill.

Kill-A-Watt™ units are now available to Boston residents through your local branch library for check-out. They serve as valuable tools for residents looking to lower their utility bills and cut down on phantom electrical use around the home. Visit the nearest library to borrow a Kill-A-Watt™ now and start cutting your energy use today.

Residents can check out a Kill-A-Watt at their local public library branch or through one of the following organizations:

Boston Climate Action Network
Dorchester Enviromental Health Coalition
West Roxbury Saves Energy
Allston Brighton CDC
Beacon Hill Civic Association Green Committee
Mass Energy Consumer Alliance
Fenway CDC
Boston Latin School's Youth CAN
Asian American Civic Association
Boston Building Materials Co-op