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Library makes home energy meters available

Kits monitor usage

Library patrons have traditionally checked out books to increase their knowledge, but now they also can borrow metering devices from Fort Vancouver Regional Library District (FVRL) libraries to decrease their electrical bills.

Wells Fargo has donated 26 "Kill A Watt" handheld electricity-metering devices to the library district.

The easy-to-use devices are now available for check-out to FVRL cardholders, just in time for holiday lighting displays and electricity-using gifts.

Kill A Watt devices monitor the energy usage of household appliances, devices and electronics. They automatically calculate how much money or energy is being spent on an hourly, daily, monthly or yearly basis. By finding out how much energy is being used and making energy-saving adjustments, homeowners can potentially reduce their electric bills.

Wells Fargo donated the 26 devices to FVRL based on the success of a similar program at Multnomah County Library. One of the largest library districts in the state of Washington, FVRL serves more than 450,000 people across 4,200 square miles in Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties and parts of Cowlitz County.

"Wells Fargo incorporates environmental strategies and investments in our work with customers, communities and team members, and also in our operations. We have more than 50 'Green Teams,' including one in Clark County, that serve as ambassadors through volunteer events and environmental campaigns,"” said Vaughn Schmall, head of the local Green Team that initiated the donation.

Kill A Watt devices can be found in the library district's online catalog.

Kits may be placed on hold in the online catalog for pickup at any FVRL library.


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