Sustainability Information Posters (may be reprinted)
As Kent State Stark wraps up the components of its campus-wide Energy Conservation Project, a new gadget is available for checkout from the Library. The â€œKill A Wattâ€ displays power usage and cost for individual household electronics and appliances. While utility meters installed by power supply companies show overall household energy usage, the Kill A Watt allows consumers to see how much an individual appliance contributes to energy costs. Behavioral modification is important to helping make the energy conservation goals for the campus a success. You can now extend your learning by taking it home to see the possible savings that can occur when we all begin to think more wisely about our energy consumption.
The system is easy to use, and setting up the Kill A Watt is just as simple as setting up a digital kitchen timer. Instructions are included with the Kill A Watt when checking it out. Users simply unplug an appliance, plug the Kill A Watt into the vacant socket and reconnect the appliance to the Kill A Watt. After entering the cost of energy, the system begins tallying usage and cost. The Kill A Watt will also project the applianceâ€™s power consumption and energy cost up to one year.
Even though household appliances are usually marked with power ratings, itâ€™s difficult to monitor power consumption without a meter like the Kill A Watt. Appliances like toasters, microwaves and light bulbs are typically marked with the maximum possible power consumption, although thatâ€™s not always the amount being used. Gauging is also difficult for automatic appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators because the amount of daily run time is not recorded. Many items like cell phone chargers and computer cords draw power, referred to as â€phantom loads,â€ even when the electronic device is disconnected. If it has a small LED indicator light, then it is using electricity whether it is on and being used or not! The Kill A Watt mediates all of these issues.