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June 07, 2011

Things I Did Not Know Could Be Checked Out From The Library: An Electricity Usage Monitor

After my blog post last week about tracking your energy use online, the quick folks at the Ottawa Public Library sent me a link to this:

It's a Kill-a-Watt meter, an electric usage monitor that measures the energy consumption of home appliances. And all you need is a library card to check it out.  (I wonder how much electricity my wife's Kindle consumes?)

See also: Ottawa Services and Utilities Guide

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  1. Mike S6:09 PM

    Talk about good timing!!....i was in Syracuse, NY at the Home Depot( HD) a few weeks back and was about to buy one and figured i would buy it here in Ottawa, and when i went to my local HD he had no idea what i was talking about. I had to use his computer and check out the U.S. HD site to show him. They do not carry them in Canada?...wonder why. I will be heading to my Library on Monday to check out one... I am wondering what my PVR is costing me. I can always hear it starting up when it is off.Thanks for the info.

  2. Hi Mike. Let me know what you discover about your PVR power consumption.

    A few weeks back we were on holiday & noticed some unexplained spikes in power usage while we were away. The fridge is one possibility, the other is the PVR.


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