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The Johnson County Library is partnering with the Johnson County Health and Environment Department to offer Kill-A-Watt meters for public checkout to measure home energy usage. The program called Power Sucks is in conjunction with a grant from the Federal Department of Energy to educate the public on how to conserve energy and reduce the amount of waste in their household. The Kill-A-Watt meters will be available at no charge for a two week checkout at all Johnson County Library locations with a current library card.
Home appliances and electrical devices may be plugged into the watt meters which can then be plugged into the wall to read the wattage used and convert into dollars. An instruction sheet will be included with meter and suggested items to test.
The average household spends up to 10% on their energy bill each month powering devices in the standby mode; that means they are off, but still sucking power. Some common devices that contribute to the “phantom energy” are computers in sleep mode; power cords plugged into the wall, but not connected to a device; and electronics with a digital display such as DVD players. The modern household has an average of 27 electronic gadgets, and they all add up. Residents who check out the Kill-A-Watt energy meters can identify the power sucking devices in their homes and make small changes that will save on their electricity bill.
For more information on the Kill-A-Watt meter checkout, call (913) 826-4600 or visit www.jocolibrary.org/powersucks.