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Friday, September 21, 2007


Green Corner: Check out energy savings at the Gleason Library

The next time you browse through the offerings of the Gleason Library, don't be surprised if you see a tool to reduce your environmental footprint. Thanks to the Friends of the Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Household Recycling Committee, the library now has four Kill-A-Watt

Perhaps after seeing An Inconvenient Truth you realize the importance of energy conservation. Maybe you want to be more energy efficient but don't know where to start, or maybe you're wondering if it's time to replace a geriatric appliance. The first step is having feedback on how much energy different things consume. With a Kill-A-Watt monitor you can be on your way.

Large appliances like refrigerators, washers and stoves are already recognized as big energy users; in fact they often come with a label estimating annual operating costs. But many frequently used products aren't marked (microwave ovens, cell phone chargers, televisions, computers, printers and fax machines, to name a few) and the Kill-A-Watt monitor offers a simple way to figure out what each contributes to your monthly electricity bill. You just plug the monitor into the power outlet and plug in the device you want to check; it's easy to determine the kilowatt hours used.

With this knowledge you can make informed choices about saving energy. Just turning off computer monitors and power strips at night, or unplugging chargers and transformers when they are not in use can save significant electricity over time. Or maybe you'll conclude that it really is time to replace that old appliance with a new one that is Energy- Star rated.

Energy conservation is important for reducing global warming and pollution associated with electricity generation. As Thoreau said, "What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?" Here's a tool that can help us contribute to a decent planet.

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