How much energy do your appliances use?

NYT ran a great article about "phantom" energy use, which occurs when electronics still use energy even when they are in "off" or "standby" mode.


  • Chris_and_EdenChris_and_Eden FresnoMember Posts: 44
    Our library has a number of 'Kill A Watt' devices available for checkout to patrons. These are helpful for vampire devices, as you can leave them plugged in for awhile, and see the use at different times and usage circumstances.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0
    edited August 2016

    That's fantastic, @Chris_and_Eden. Sounds super useful.

  • dstjohn99dstjohn99 Member Posts: 371

    Wow, libraries really are keeping up with tech. I would never think to go to a library for anything other than books, CDs, DVDs and video games. Maybe it's time for a visit...

  • The Bitz BoysThe Bitz Boys Union CityModerator Posts: 1,017
    Where's this library? If you're a PG&E customer, its Pacific Energy Center (off of Howard St in SF), which offers classes on a lot of topics related to energy, also has its tool lending library. I believe a lot of their tools are for commercial applications, but I think they have some items for residential customers such as "Kill-A-Watt" devices.
  • The Berkeley tool lending library might have these devices as well!
  • The Bitz BoysThe Bitz Boys Union CityModerator Posts: 1,017
    Here's a direct link to the tool lending library:

    If you have questions, please contact the library directly at [email protected] or (415) 973-9945
  • Chris_and_EdenChris_and_Eden FresnoMember Posts: 44

    I'm in Fresno, it's our local branch (Woodward Park) of our County Library system. Now that I have a few WiFi plugs, I can switch one to a new spot if I need to use it for its energy monitoring function.

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