Fort Vancouver Library District offers energy monitoring kits

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More than two dozen handheld electricity monitoring devices are now available for checkout through the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, library officials announced this week.

Wells Fargo donated 26 “Kill A Watt” devices to the library district, which are available to cardholders in the district covering libraries mostly in Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties. The devices monitor energy usage of household appliances and electronics, and automatically calculate how much money and energy they use on an hourly, daily, monthly or yearly basis. The devices could also be used to measure holiday lighting displays or electronic gifts, according to the library district.

Wells Fargo made the donation based on the success of a similar program in the Multnomah County (Ore.) Library system, according to the Fort Vancouver library district.

The devices are listed in the library district’s online catalog. Kits can be placed on hold for pickup at any Fort Vancouver district library.