The Traverse Area District Library (TADL), in partnership with Traverse City Light and Power (L&P), had added Kill-a-Watt power meters to its library-lending program.
Patrons concerned with the amount of energy they are using will be able to borrow a power meter kit by placing a hold for pick-up through TADL’s online catalog or by visiting any TADL location. Currently, the power meters can be borrowed from the library for up to four weeks.
The power meter measures energy consumption by the kilowatt-hour, the same unit of measurement that utilities use. It can estimate the electrical consumption and costs associated with each appliance by the hour, day, week, month or an entire year. Each kit will also include instructions on how to use the meter, what the information means and tips about energy consumption.
"The meters are a great way for our patrons to see how much it costs them to leave on appliances and computers," said Bruce Bennett, TADL facilities manager.
The program dovetails with TADL’s other efforts to cut back on consumption including a proposed lighting retrofit project and encouraging simple tasks like shutting down employee computer workstations and lights when not in use. TADL is also transitioning from plastic patron bags to reusable bags and launched a monthly electronic newsletter in January for patrons to stay connected.
“Traverse City Light and Power is one of the state leaders when is comes to energy efficiency and we are pleased to partner with them on this project,” said TADL Director, Metta T. Lansdale Jr. “I think it’s great that we can help patrons reduce their carbon footprint by visiting their local library to check out a power meter,” she said.
L&P customers can take advantage of many energy saving incentives through the TC Light & Power Energy Smart Program. L&P customers can also obtain an in-home energy audit for only $10. Learn more about the energy savings programs L&P offers at www.tclp.org.
The power meter loan program aims to help residents measure both their energy consumption and the efficiency of the electric appliances in their homes. Patrons who would like to borrow a power meter from the library do not need to be L&P customers.
The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) is a network of community libraries serving Grand Traverse County through the following locations: the Woodmere (Main) Branch, East Bay and Kingsley Branch Libraries; Member Libraries: Fife Lake Public Library, Interlochen Public Library and Peninsula Community Library.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at competitively priced rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.