Device helps with energy costs

What is using the most electricity in your home? Finding out is the first step to reducing your energy costs. Wheatland Electric Cooperative is now offering a device to help members figure out their biggest energy users and thus where they can save the most mone.

The device is called the Kill-A-Watt EZѢ and may be checked out from local libraries in the cooperative's service area for two weeks at a time.

"Becoming aware of how your home uses energy is key to reducing usage and costs," Wheatland General Manger Bruce Mueller said. "We're excited to offer our members this free resource to help them make better informed decisions on how to save energy and control costs."

The Kill-A-Watt device simply plugs into a wall outlet and then you plug your appliance or electronic device into it. the device monitors how much electricity the appliance is using, displaying the result on a small screen, along with the associated cost.

There will be a total of 16 devices available, two at each library in the cooperative's service area. These include Finney County Public Library, Hamilton County Public Library, Greeley County Public Library, Wichita County Public Library, Great Bend Public LIbrary, the Harper Public LIbrary, Caldwell Public Library.

Instructions for use come with each device.

The device may be purchased for about $35 from home improvement stores or at EnergySavers.coop, the online energy efficiency store.

"We hope this inpsires our members to take more energy efficiency steps and helps them save energy and money," Mueller said.

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