RIVERSIDE: Electricity use monitors are new at libraries Press-Enterprise The latest item for checkout at Riverside city libraries? An electricity-usage monitor that tells how many watts appliances are using and how much they cost to run.
"The Kill-A-Watt program, already a hit at public libraries throughout the country, started this week with three dozen of the hand-held units at seven branches. They were donated by Riverside Public Utilities, which uses the same types of monitors on in-home audits.
The monitors are plugged into an outlet. They are pre-programmed with Riverside’s residential kilowatt hour rate, so users can calculate energy consumption and costs by the day, week, month or year."