We've teamed up with the Pikes Peak Library District, PPLD, to provide Kill-A-Watt and Save-A-Drop meters that can be borrowed, just like books, to help you check-in to energy and water savings. A Kill-A-Watt meter is a simple and remarkably useful device that reveals how much plug-in appliances are costing you to operate. The Save-A-Drop meter calculates both single-use and total outdoor water consumption, accurately measures to 1/10th of a gallon, and has an easy-to-read LCD display.
To measure an appliance’s electricity use, simply plug the meter into a wall socket and then plug an appliance or small electronic item into the meter. The meter will display how much energy the device uses over a specific period of time – even when the electronic is supposedly switched off. To calculate water consumption simply attach the meter between the faucet and hose to see how much water you're using.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about 10 percent of household electricity use is consumed by idle devices, or those that continue to draw power when they are off. This waste can be measured by the Kill-A-Watt meter. Once the high-energy use appliances are identified, you can take special care to turn them off, unplug them if not needed or replace them. By making energy-saving adjustments, you can take charge of your electricity use and lower your utility bill. The Save-A-Drop meter will take the guesswork out of outdoor watering and give you a garden that grows while your water bill shrinks.
We have energy and water experts available to answer your questions at the Conservation and Environmental Center. To find a library location, visit the PPLD website.