Kill-a-Watt Loan Program Materials

Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) has finalized a new partnership with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) that will bring more people to libraries and enable all patrons to save money on their electric bills by "going green."

Beginning in August, public libraries around the state will introduce the "Kill-a-Watt" loan program. Its goal is to help residents measure both their energy consumption and the efficiency of the electric appliances in their homes.

Program Materials for Download

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Shane Hix, GEFA

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 (404) 584-1043 / (404) 769-6949

Kill-A-Watt Program to Help Georgians Save Energy

Governor’s Energy Challenge Provides Energy Readers to State Libraries

ATLANTA – Through a partnership between the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) and the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), Georgians interested in the energy efficiency of their home appliances can check-out a Kill-A-Watt Energy Detector Toolkit at any of the state’s public libraries. The Kill-A-Watt unit measures the energy consumption of individual appliances by the Kilowatt-hour and estimates the cost of operating the appliance by the hour, day, week, month and year.

“The Kill-A-Watt meter easily connects to an appliance and measures its energy use,” said GEFA Executive Director Phil Foil. “By understanding what it costs to run an appliance, Georgians can take practical steps to conserve energy or upgrade to more energy-efficient appliances if necessary.”

The Kill-A-Watt program is an initiative of the Governor’s Energy Challenge. Libraries around the state will have one or more Kill-a-Watt toolkits to be loaned to their members for a period of time ranging from one to three weeks. Each toolkit includes instructions on how to use the Kill-A-Watt meter, what the information means and tips about energy consumption. The purpose of this initiative is to empower Georgians to learn about their energy consumption and to take steps to conserve energy and to lower their utility bills.

“These detectors are a great way for consumers to see how much it costs to leave appliances, computers and printers turned on and to see how much money devices such as phone chargers can waste when they are left in an outlet after completing a charge,” said Deputy State Librarian Julie Walker. “We are delighted for our public libraries to partner with GEFA to help Georgians reduce unnecessary energy consumption.”

The Governor’s Energy Challenge is a voluntary program encouraging businesses, individuals, not-for-profits, schools, and local governments to reduce their consumption 15 percent below 2007 levels. Georgians checking-out the Kill-a-Watt unit will have a chance to participate in an interactive program to report on their energy consumption, share the changes they will make to reduce their energy consumption, and to sign-up for the Governor’s Energy Challenge. Visit www.georgialibraries.org for public library locations throughout Georgia.

Although libraries in Illinois, Maine and New Hampshire have implemented similar programs on a smaller scale, Georgia's “Kill-a-Watt” library loan program will be the first such program of this scale in the United States. The program is funded through a grant to GEFA from the U.S. Department of Energy.

About the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (www.gefa.org)

The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) provides financial assistance and administers programs that encourage stewardship of the environment and promote economic development statewide. GEFA is the lead state agency for energy planning and alternative fuels; manages the Governor’s Energy Challenge and the Georgia Land Conservation Program; maintains state-owned fuel storage tanks; and offers financing for reservoir and water supply, water quality, storm water and solid waste infrastructure.

About Georgia Public Library Service (www. georgialibraries.org)

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Georgia Public Library Service empowers libraries to improve the lives of Georgians by providing and encouraging visionary leadership; ensuring equal access to information and technology; promoting the value and joy of lifelong reading and learning; and facilitating collaboration and innovation in the broader library community.

About the Governor’s Energy Challenge

In April 2008, Governor Sonny Perdue committed Georgia’s state agencies to reduce energy consumption 15 percent by 2020 and challenged Georgia businesses, local governments and citizens to do the same. Georgia’s population is projected to grow to more than 12 million people by 2030. This growth will significantly impact Georgia’s land, water and energy resources. The Governor’s Energy Challenge plays an active role in providing information to Georgia businesses and residents on how to meet this challenge and to help protect the state’s natural resources for generations to come.

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