How much energy are your appliances using?



Most of us only have a vague idea of how much electricity we use each month and almost no idea of how much electricity an individual appliance uses.  You may be wondering how inefficient an older appliance is such as a refrigerator, freezer, or TV set.  Kill A Watt meters will calculate how much electricity an appliance is using each week, month or year.  These meters are available for check out your local Iowa State University Extension office. 


To use the Kill A Watt meter simply plug the meter into a socket and then plug your appliance into the meter.  The meter will monitor the kilowatt hour consumption of an item and how much it costs to run and help determine which appliances are energy abusers.



County residents can borrow a meter free of charge or a one week time period.  Simply call the Howard County Extension Office in Cresco at 547-3001  to reserve the meter. 


ISU Extension offers consumer information that builds the skills and knowledge necessary to make wise and informed household management decisions.  For more tips on managing energy costs, visit

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