LADWP to Provide Customers Energy Use Monitors through City Libraries
Partnership with Los Angeles Public Library Enables Users to Measure and Reduce Power Consumption
Los Angeles, June 22, 2015—As the summer begins and energy demand peaks, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Los Angeles Public Library today launched a program that allows city library users to check out an electricity usage monitor to help manage their power consumption and energy costs at home. Approximately 300 electricity use monitors are now available at all 73 Los Angeles Public Library locations. The tool will allow users to plug in appliances and electronic devices and review the usage and cost over time, thereby informing them on how to manage their energy consumption.
“I’m proud of the Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for launching an innovative program to help Angelenos save money while saving energy,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Library patrons can check out an energy monitoring device just like a book, and learn more on how household appliances consume energy, especially during the hot summer months. Residents also become eligible to receive additional free water and energy conservation items when returning the devices.”
Marcie Edwards, LADWP general manager, said, “We are pleased to offer these free monitors to our customers through our partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library. Energy monitors empower our customers to investigate their own electricity consumption and identify ways to reduce it, especially during the summer when demand is high. The first step to managing energy use and cost is understanding how much power our appliances and devices consume, and we are glad to make these monitors available through the library.”
“Angelenos already rely on their libraries as community resource centers, and serving to share the sustainability message is totally in line with our priorities. We are thrilled to make these Kill-A-Watt EZ meters available to our patrons, and we look forward to sparking discussion about how to incorporate other sustainable measures,” said City Librarian John F. Szabo. “The library is a great place to continue learning how to save power and money!”
Each monitoring device may be checked out for up to three weeks, and comes with simple, step-by-step instructions to coach users on how to get valuable information about each device to manage cost and electricity use. Upon return to the library’s circulation desk, users are eligible to receive free energy and water conservation tools such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators, while supplies last.
Other than at the Library, LADWP also offers the energy monitors to customers through our non-profit partners and to select LAUSD classrooms.
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Michelle Figueroa, LADWP Communications
Brenda Breaux, LA Public Library