Monday, June 6, 2011

Library helps you keep tabs on electricity consumption

You don't have to have a smart meter to track your electricity usage and save money. From Channel 5...

Library helps you keep tabs on electricity consumption

Memphis Light Gas and Water, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Memphis Public Library have teamed-up to offer two new programs to help Shelby County residents reduce energy consumption: Get EnergySmart @ Your Library and Kill-A-Watt Checkout.

Get EnergySmart @ Your Library is a two-hour workshop that imparts practical tips and offers hands-on instruction. Attendees leave Get EnergySmart sessions with a tote valued at $50 that includes gadgets and tools to complete simple do-it-yourself projects that will save money and energy.

For those wondering just how much it costs to run their home appliances, Kill-A-Watt Checkout will help identify electricity-gorging culprits. The Kill-A-Watt devices can be checked-out from area libraries with a valid library card. Determining consumption using Kill-A-Watt is easy. The electricity usage monitors plug into wall sockets. Plug an appliance into the monitor to assess energy usage. Each Kill-A-Watt is pre-programmed with MLGW rates. Knowing how much electricity it takes to operate an appliance can help residents manage electricity usage - potentially saving hundreds of dollars.

Both programs are free. However, registration is required for the Get EnergySmart workshops; call the presenting branch to reserve a space.

For general information about Get EnergySmart or the Kill-A-Watt Checkout program, call 415-2700.

Get EnergySmart Workshop Dates:

Tuesday, June 7, 10:30 a.m.
Raleigh Branch, 3157 Powers

Tuesday, June 7, 3 p.m.
Randolph Branch, 3752 Given

Tuesday, June 14, 10:30 a.m.
Gaston Park Branch, 1040 S. Third

Tuesday, June 14, 3 p.m.
Cossitt Branch, 33 S. Front

Tuesday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.
South Branch, 1929 S. Third

Tuesday, July 12, 3 p.m.
Frayser Branch, 3712 Argonne

Tuesday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.
Hollywood Branch, 1530 N. Hollywood

Tuesday, August 9, 10:30 a.m.
Cordova Branch, 8457 Trinity Rd.

Tuesday, August 9, 3p.m.
Poplar White-Station Branch, 5094 Poplar Ave.

Tuesday, August 16, 3 p.m.
Cornelia Crenshaw, 531 Vance

Information provided by Memphis Public Library and Information Center.

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