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What is a Watt Detective?

Posted September 21, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized

On Monday, October 8th at 7 p.m. a representative of ComEd will be on hand at the Villa Park Public Library to explain how to use the Watt Detective to save money.

What is a Watt Detective? A Watt Detective is a kit than can be checked out at the Library and includes an electricity meter and information booklet. The meter is plugged into a wall, and an appliance is plugged into the meter. Whether the appliance is on or off, the meter indicates how much energy is being used so you can calculate the cost of running the appliance. The booklet shows how to use the readings to determine if the appliance is energy efficient and to find ways to save energy and money.

The Villa Park Public Library is partnering with ComEd to make the Watt Detective available for check-out.

According to Jana Jones, ComEd’s Education Program Manager, “People’s interest in managing energy is increasing. Generally, they want three things: to save energy, to save money and to understand their energy use. So we decided to partner with libraries to offer the Watt Detective and help them do just that!”

“We are very excited to offer this program to our library patrons. We have books and materials about energy efficiency, but this takes energy efficiency to that next level, encouraging people to apply what they learn to how they live and then to take action on that newfound knowledge,” says Sean Birmingham, Head of Adult Services at the Library.

Registration is required. Please call the Check-Out Desk to register at 630-834-1164, ext 5.