What Are Your Appliances Costing You?

February 02, 2018

Did you ever wonder how much electricity a specific appliance in your home uses? And what about your video games, dehumidifier, portable electric heaters or other electronic devices? Did you know that an old refrigerator could be costing you as much as $175 a year? With a Kill A Watt Meter, you can learn not only how much electricity each of your household appliances uses, but how much electricity each appliance continues to use even when turned off (phantom loads).

Now, through the combined efforts of the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) and area libraries, you can measure the energy used by each of your appliances with a Kill A Watt Meter available for check-out from one of the following locations:

Dubuque County Library – Asbury Branch, 5290 Grand Meadow Drive, Phone: 563-582-0008

Dubuque County Library – Epworth Branch, 110 Bierman Road SE, Phone: 563-876-3388

Dubuque County Library – Farley Branch, 405 3rd Ave NE, Phone: 563-744-3577

Dubuque County Library – Holy Cross Branch, 895 Main Street, Phone: 563-870-2082

James Kennedy Public Library – 320 First Ave East, Dyersville, Phone: 563-875-8912

DMASWA Education Office – 1450 Alta Vista, Dubuque, Phone: 563-588-7933

Simply plug the meter into any 120V electrical outlet and then plug your appliance into the meter.  The meter will display how much electricity is being consumed, regardless of whether the appliance is turned on or off.  The meter automatically calculates voltage, amperage, wattage, run time and total kilowatt-hours of electricity consumed, allowing you to identify which appliances are costing you the most to run and helping you save money.  

The meter comes complete with operating instructions and methods to calculate the cost of energy consumed by the appliance once the kilowatt-hour measurement is obtained. 

For more information, contact one of the libraries listed above or the DMASWA Education Office at 563-588-7933.