Friday, November 30, 2012
Wondering how much that old fridge or television is really costing you? Thanks to the Energy Trust of Oregon, now you can find out. Hood River County Library District is now checking out Kill A Watt energy monitors, donated by the Energy Trust. A Kill A Watt can be used to measure how much energy is used by your electric devices at home such as refrigerators, microwaves, computers, battery chargers, TVs, lamps, media players, game consoles and cable set-top boxes.
Patrons who check out a Kill A Watt, which can be borrowed for one week, can also use the device to measure the “phantom” energy consumed by a device when it is turned off. Even when these devices are turned off, they still draw power as they wait in standby mode.
Using a Kill a Watt monitor is an easy first step toward informed energy use in your household.
For more information about the Kill a Watt monitors or to reserve one, contact Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriver
library.org, or visit hoodriverlibrary.org.
More information about Energy Trust of Oregon may be found at energytrust.org.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge