Electricity monitors are now available to Southbury residents with a current library card for a two week loan at the Southbury Library’s Adult Circulation Desk. The monitors cannot be reserved or renewed. Instructions on how to operate and how to calculate the cost of running an appliance are included with each monitor. Assistance with the monitor will be available Fridays from 10am-12pm in the Reference Department.
The electricity monitor helps you detect power use by your appliances and electronics. Plug the monitor into an electrical outlet and plug an appliance into the monitor to get a read out of electricity use then calculate approximately how much the appliance is costing you to run.
By using the electricity monitor you can identify the real energy abusers in your home, test all outlets in your new home before escrow closes, and see how much it costs you to keep your appliances or electronic devices running all day. You can also take the monitor with you shopping to test for energy efficient appliances. The LCD display measures consumption by the kilowatt-hour so you can quickly calculate costs.
To get the most accurate electricity consumption, keep appliances plugged into the monitor for at least 24 hours. Electricity consumption should also be measured when the appliance is on and off. When an appliance is off the monitor will determine if the appliance consumes power all the time and how much. With the monitor, you can calculate electrical expenses by the hour, day, week, month, or even year. With accuracy within 0.2% you can safely know what to expect your expenses to be.