Power-Mate to help you save energy

A NEW tool to tell you how much energy you use and what damage appliances do is now available for residents of the Bellingen Shire.

Power-Mate Lite energy meters can now be borrowed from the Bellingen, Urunga and Dorrigo libraries.

The energy meters are provided by council and enable you to measure the electricity, greenhouse gas emissions and cost of running appliances within your home.

The energy meter connects between an appliance and the power socket to provide an accurate measurement of the energy consumed by that appliance. It can be used on anything that plugs into a standard 240V power socket including fridges, televisions and computers.

A Bellingen Council spokesman said the meters can be used to identify which appliances are most power hungry and where you can save energy.

“For example, leaving your computer running overnight while not in use could cost you an extra $100 per year and result in up to 500kg of extra greenhouse gas emissions per year. These types of costs can really start to add up when you consider all of the appliances in your home,” the spokesman said.



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