Kill A Watt Kits

Kill A Watt Monitor

October is Energy Action Month, and it (or any other month) is the perfect time to take track down and eliminate energy wasting electrical devices in your home.

Did you know you can check out a free “Kill A Watt” monitor from the local library? It’s as easy as checking out a book! Library patrons interested in lowering their residential electricity bill can now check out this plug-in device to measure whether their appliances or gadgets are excessively sucking up energy.

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Many modern electronic devices, while they seem to be turned off, are actually continually consuming energy. This type of energy use is often referred to as “vampire” load or “phantom” load.

With the average American household owning 25 consumer electronic devices, you can begin to see how these phantom loads can translate into a significant chunk of your energy bill. From: US Dept. of Energy

Understanding which appliances and devices are inefficient and which ones are still using energy even if they on can help residents understand and improve their homes’ energy performance and reduce their utility bills.

Example: Take the seemingly innocuous cell phone charger.
According to a recent article posted on, most people don’t realize is that these chargers are continually drawing power, even when no device is connected to them. In fact, the average charger is consuming .26 watts of energy when not in use, and 2.24 watts even when a fully charged device is connected to it. 
From: US Dept. of Energy

The free Kill A Watt monitors are available in a small kit that includes simple instructions, a Do-It-Yourself Energy Savings Guide, and contact information for additional tips and tools.

JMRL LogoThe Kill A Watt Kits are available at the Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL) Central Library and Gordon Avenue Library and can be requested through the interlibrary loan system.

View the Kill A Watt Kits in the JMRL online catalog.

They are listed in the catalog by keyword (“energize,” “electricity monitor”), subject (“electric power consumption”), title (“Electricity Usage”), and author (“Energize Charlottesville”).