Check Out Energy Savings
Borrow a Kill A Watt monitor from your library
Energy Trust and local libraries are making Kill A Watt® monitors available for check-out. Kill A Watt monitors measure the energy usage of household appliances and electronics. By finding out how much energy your electric devices are using, and then making energy-saving adjustments, you can take charge of your electricity use and lower utility costs year-round.
Where can I check-out a Kill A Watt monitor?
Libraries in communities served by Portland General Electric and Pacific Power are able to participate. View a list of participating libraries to see if a library near you has Kill A Watt monitors available for checkout. Also, visit your library’s website to see if you can reserve a monitor online.
What information is included with the Kill A Watt monitor?
Each monitor comes with information on how to use the Kill A Watt and how to apply what you learn so that you can start saving energy. We list the types of devices in your home that are likely to use more energy than you realize, and the devices that continue to use energy even when they appear to be turned off, often called "phantom power."
You can use the information you get from the Kill A Watt monitor to track the estimated electricity costs per month by each product in your household. To chart energy use and costs, download this worksheet (PDF | Doc).
How can my library participate?
If you would like to see Kill A Watt monitors available at your library, mention this website to your library director or email us the name of your library and we can contact them to see if it is eligible for this initiative.
Check out these books on energy
Borrowing, rather than buying books, is a good way to reduce energy usage and conserve resources. If using a Kill A Watt monitor sparked your interest in learning more about energy efficiency, visit your local library and see what is available on these topics.
Books for children:
- Wind energy: blown away!, Amy S. Hansen
- Saving water and energy, Philip Steele
- Eyewitness Science – Electricity, Steve Parker
- Eyewitness Science – Energy, Jack Challoner
Books for adults:
- Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, 9th Edition, Jennifer Thorne Amann, Alex Wilson, Katie Ackerly
- Energy Future, Daniel Yergin