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Energy meter can be borrowed

Ever wonder how much electricity your refrigerator uses? Or how about your toaster or blender? Or even your iPad?

Indiana Michigan Power has created a program aimed at educating people on their energy consumption by letting them measure how much electricity their household appliances and electronics actually use.

At public libraries, library patrons can check out – just as they would a book – a Kill-A-Watt EZ Meter. The meter is designed to measure the energy output of those appliances and electronics in a home.

The meter is plugged into a wall outlet, and then an appliance or electronic device is plugged into the meter.

Consumers can see the kilowatts used to power the connected device, according to the power company. The meter can also show how to calculate electrical expenses by the day, week, month or year.

The meters are available at all Allen County Public Library branches. For more information, go to, click on “Energy Saving Programs” and then “Indiana Residential Program Offerings.”

For more information about the Kill-A-Watt meter, go to