Town of Stark Committee On Energy Planning & Information
Studies have shown that most households can reduce their electricty use about 13% just by paying greater attention. The first step is stopping to examine your electric bill each month and entering the amount you used. SOUL of Wisconsin can provide you a private, online calculator sheet to help you set modest reduction goals based on your current use. Just fill out this FORM or contact SOUL for assistance.
If your Wisconsin household uses more than 700 MHW per month and you do not heat your house or your water with electricity, you likely have some equipment that is on longer than it needs to be or is gobbling up excessive power. Dehumidifiers, fans, extra refrigerators/freezers, cable boxes, outdoor lights, pipe heater tape, audio amplifiers, work lights, battery chargers, computers, air conditioners, baseboard heaters, ceiling fans are some typical offenders that need to be off when not needed.
$10 countdown timers can be used to turn off equipment after expected use periods. For example, plug in all of your TV entertainment devices into a one power strip and plug the strip into a count-down timer with 1, 2, 4 and 8 hour options. After everyone has dozed off, everything will get powered-down until the next time of use.
Wasteful appliances can be tracked down with a ~$20 P3 International "Kill-a-Watt" meter. Just plug the meter into an outlet, plug the appliance into the meter and make note of date. Generally, no device should require more than 10% of the power you use. There's computer at the bottom of the tracking spreadheet to determine the monthly percentage. Enter the dates you start and stop the measurement and the KWH number from the meter (toggle the purple button on the far right).
Here are some typical montly operation total/costs that might shed light. Old computers and CRT monitors are notorious. If you need mutliple freezers or refrigerators, make sure the seals are flexible and close air tight. The savings are significant if you can move the extra frig or freezer into an unheated room from October to April and back into the basment for the summer.
Most of the appliances in a work place kitchenette can be shut off every night.
Once you start looking you will find other reductions that go a step beyond remebering to shut off the lights fans and other appliances when you leave a room.
|Electricity Usage Meter|
|P3 Interantional Model 4400 "Kill-a-Watt" electric use meter|
|"Count-Down" Timers with AC outlets||
|UPM Model SE-11P Receptacle Timer w/customizable Count Down||
Versatile, a bit complex
|Woods Part # 5559206 Auto Shutoff Timer for 1, 2, 4, or 8 hours||
Easy & Reliable
|Belkin Conserve Socket#F7C009q Shutoff Timer for 1/2 hr, 3 & 6 hrs||
Easy & Reliable
|Traceable Digital Countdown Timer #5095 Program start & stop|
|Brinks Countdown Digital Timer #44-2020 5, 15, 30, 45, 60 mins||
Tends to stop working after ~one year
|Westek TM07DHB Timer w/ 96, 15 minute tabs for on/off cycles||
|7 Day Timers with AC outlets - Multiple On/Off times|
|Brinks Digital 7 Day Timer #44-1020 - Six programmable on/off times|
|Woods Digital Timer 7 Day#50009AC 20 programmable on/off times|
|Motion/Light/Temperature Sensing Switching Devices|
|GE 18265 Light-Sensing Screw-In Socket. Works with CFL bulbs|
|Smarthome Screw-in Motion Sensing Light Adapter|
|Lux WIN100 Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat|
|Smart Power Strips|
|Current Sensing Power Strips - One device turns on/off whole strip|
|The TrickleStar180SS-US-8XX Motion Detection Power Strip|
|Woods 22575 8-Outlet Timer Power Strip - Up to 48 cycles a day|
|PT-01 Pocket Timer|
|Mini LCD Digital Countdown Timer Alarm|
|Polder Small Kitchen Timer|
|10 Best Tips - Environ. Minnesota|
101 Efficiency Tips [PDF]