Midwest Energy Cooperative recently donated Kill-A-Watt meters to libraries throughout its service territory to help promote greater understanding of energy use and management.

The Kill-A-Watt meter is a popular tool that the co-op makes available as a free loan to members. The easy-to-use tool records various power measurements of a selected appliance or electrical device, accumulating data that allows the user to project the cost of running that item for various periods of time and better understand how the use of certain appliances impacts overall energy use.

“By training library personnel and making these devices available through this community partnership, we are hoping that even more people will take an active interest in how they use energy and initiate steps to better manage their use,” said Patty Nowlin, director of communications and community relations.

These donated meters are available throughout the Cass District Library system (Edwardsburg, Howard, Mason/Union and the main branch), the Lenawee County Public Library system (Addison, Britton, Clayton, Deerfield and Onsted), as well as the Adrian Public Library, Tecumseh Public Library, Stair Library in Morenci and Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library in Blissfield.