In an effort to help La Plata Electric Association, Inc. (LPEA) member-owners understand and potentially reduce their electricity usage, we are now offering "Kill A Watt" electricity usage monitors, available on loan through area libraries and from our offices.
"Simply plug appliances into the monitor," says Nancy Andrews, LPEA energy management advisor, of the Kill A Watt™, which is about the size of a calculator. "It then assesses the appliance's efficiency either at a given moment or over a period of time. People are able to tell which of their appliances are zapping energy."
According to Andrews, the monitor can evaluate both large and small electronic devices, games and appliances, including all major appliances. The individual cost for simply keeping an appliance plugged in can also be calculated.
The monitor displays the power consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh), which is how LPEA reports energy usage on customers' monthly bills, and can assist in household budgeting.
"With the potential increasing cost of electricity, we want to do what we can to help our members save their energy and dollars," says Mark Schwantes, manager of corporate services. "We're hoping that when folks can actually see which of their appliances are energy guzzlers, they will use them more efficiently or replace them with more efficient models."
Libraries in Bayfield, Durango, Ignacio and Pagosa Springs have a limited number of Kill A Watt™ monitors available for loan, similar to checking out a book or video. The monitors can also be borrowed from LPEA offices in Durango (45 Stewart Street) or Pagosa Springs (603 S. 8th St.), pending availability.