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Libraries offer energy efficiency kits

| June 24, 2010 9:00 PM

COEUR d'ALENE - Idahoans now have access to a new tool to help measure electricity usage and save on power bills.

Energy Efficiency Kits are available for check out at public libraries throughout the state - including the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Each kit contains a Kill-A-Watt meter, instructions on how to use the meter, what the information means, and energy efficiency tips.

Users can connect electrical appliances to the meter, which then calculates power consumption by the kilowatt-hour - the same unit of measurement that utilities use.

Using the meter readings, consumers can estimate the electrical consumption and costs associated with each appliance by the hour, day, week, month, or entire year. Using the data from the meter and energy savings ideas, users can identify ways to reduce utility expenses.

This program is possible through a partnership between the Idaho Commission for Libraries, Idaho Power, Avista Utilities, and the Rocky Mountain Power. The purpose of the program is to help Idahoans who are trying to save money and/or trying to cut down on energy consumption.

For more information on the program or for energy-efficiency tips visit or contact Gina Persichini, Idaho Commission for Libraries, or (208) 334-2150.

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