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Everyone is doing it! What can you do?
Take a look at our very "green" LED lightbulb from Philips. You won't be able to tell the difference from a traditional incandescent bulb. And it uses 80% less energy for the same light output. Instant on - No flickering on like fluorescents.
Use the Kill a Watt EZ
The Plainville Public Library and the Plainville Energy Commission encourage local customers to check out the Kill A Watt EZ, a device that lets you figure our just how much your refrigerator, A/C unit, floor lamps and other electrical gadgets are costing you in utility bills. The device is available to borrow for 2 weeks with your SAILS Library card.
Plug it in to any electric sockets, and then plug in an appliance to the Kill A Watt’s built in socket. The device will show how much electricity the appliance is drawing. By pushing buttons on the device you can punch in the rate that your utility provider charges, and the Kill A Watt calculates how much it costs to run the particular appliance per hour, day, week, month and year. Kill A Watt also lets you know if your appliances are “vampires” and draw electricity even when turned off.
Kill A Watt EZ is an easy to use, small hand held box with an LCD display screen, which can empower you to find cost savings in your home by identifying those “vampire” appliances or figure out if spending money on a more energy efficient appliance would pay off. The Plainville Public Library has two devices, which are available on a first come first serve basis at the circulation desk.
Ser-rp Reuse Guide: a guide of what to do with almost anything.
What the Plainville Public Library is doing to Go Green:
We keep our thermostats at 68 degrees. And our boiler is on a timer.
Heat goes off at the end of April. Air conditioning is only used when needed.
We replaced our boiler with a 97% efficient model and we upgraded our circulation pumps to ones that do not use as much energy in 2012.
We replaced all of our light bulbs in 2005 with energy efficient bulbs and ballasts.
We turn off any lights we are not using.
We placed heat film on the west facing windows to shade the library in the summer and reduce heat loss in the winter.
We recaulked and painted all interior windows in 2012 to reduce drafts.
We installed economical hand dryers in all bathrooms in 2007, reducing paper towel waste
We put a brick in each toilet tank to reduce water usage.
We set our computers to go to "sleep" if no one is using them.
All of our computers/printers are plugged into power strips which get turned off each night.
We put insulation behind all of our outlet covers in 2002.
We do not treat our lawn with chemicals.
We set our outside lights to go off at 9pm.
We recycle a big green bin of paper and cardboard every week.
We recycle our cans and plastic containers from lunch.
We recycle our printer cartridges.
We recycle plastic bags by giving them to you to carry your items.
What you can do to turn GREEN:
Heating and Cooling:
Electronics and Home Appliances:
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