The Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department (WMGLD), in conjunction with the Beebe Library, has purchased appliance energy monitors and thermal leak detectors for Wakefield residents and businesses to borrow and use. The devices will enable residents to see how much energy their appliances use and what areas of their homes and businesses let heat out and cold air in through gaps, cracks and inadequate insulation.
The cooperative program was the recommendation of Library Director Sharon Gilley and her staff. WMGLD purchased three Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitors and three Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detectors to make available to customers through the library.
The appliance monitors and thermal leak detectors are great basic tools for people who want to do the first level of a do-it-yourself (DIY) audit, or to check on the effectiveness of their DIY measures.
The Kill A Watt appliance monitor is a great way to determine if it’s time to replace that old appliance. After you connect the appliance to the Kill A Watt meter, it will show how efficient the appliance is by counting consumption by the Kilowatt-hour. Customers can calculate their electrical expenses by the day, week, month, or year to see whether or not it would more economical to keep the old appliance or replace it with one that is more efficient.
Patrons must be residents of Wakefield over the age of 18 to borrow the monitor and/or detector and have an active library card in good standing. Patrons will be able to borrow the equipment for a one-week period, based on availability. A waiting list will be initiated if necessary to accommodate all requests.