See “Watts Up” With Your Home Energy Use by Checking Out a Meter

By: Jonalee Merkel Email
By: Jonalee Merkel Email

It’s a device that lets you monitor how much energy your electronics are using and how it reflects on your monthly bill. And, you can now pick up and borrow one from your local library.

Wisconsin Public Service Corporation recently donated Watts Up? Meters to every library in their service area.

All you need to get one is a library card. You check it out just like you would a book, plug an appliance into the meter and the meter into the wall and then can start finding ways to save.

"What they'll do is actually measure the usage on different appliances - on your laptop, your radio, tv, computer, and it lets people know is it working well, should I buy a more efficient one, how much more efficient would it be,” said Kelly Zagrzebski of Wisconsin Public Service.

When you pick up the meter from the library it comes equipped with everything you need to efficiently use it. It’s also already calculated to show you the kilowatt charge of the appliance so you can see how much running it costs you per hour or per month.

The meters are already being very well used and some libraries report they could use a few more.

If you would like to learn more about the Watts Up? Meters and how they work, you can visit a number of upcoming events.

Saturday August 28th WPSC will have an information booth set up at the Stevens Point Farmer’s Market. They’ll be showing people how to set up, use, read and analyze the meter data. They’ll also have a booth set up at the Jensen Center in Amherst from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. October 9th.

You can also register for free workshops being held at the Portage County Library in October. Those are being held October 2nd and 16th at noon and will last about an hour.

For more energy-saving tips, click on the link below.

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