CWL, Jonesboro Library helping residents save money

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Do you leave appliances, like cell phone chargers or maybe a coffee pot, plugged in 24-7? You may not realize it, but those items could be hiking up your utility bill each month. But, a new piece of equipment at the Jonesboro Public Library is now available to maybe help shave off a couple bucks off your energy costs.

"Just out of curiosity, I would like to know how much energy I'm wasting," said Cinda Harmer, who comes to the library almost everyday.

And while it's no surprise to find books on saving energy, eight new "Kill-A-Watt" devices, provided by Jonesboro City Light and Water, now gives people another resource to help cut cost on utilities.

And they're user friendly. "You can scroll through. You can see how much it's costing you. What rate you set," said Nate Schimmel, who is the General Operations Coordinator with CWL.

"Through our Energy Conservation Program we are constantly looking for ways to partner with our customers and help them find ways to potentially save money," said Schimmel.

He says, with winter in sight, it was the perfect opportunity to get these devices in customers hands. The watt detector measures how much energy appliances in your home draws day-to-day.

"If you've been thinking about replacing that old freezer or if you were curious as to how much it's costing you to leave that coffee pot plugged in all day this would help determine how much it's costing," said Schimmel.

The devices are available to check out for two weeks at no cost. "Bring your library card. We have them behind the circulation desk. We have it in our system too. So if they want to, they can go online. They can actually reserve on, and we'll put it on the hold shelf for them," said David Eckert, who is the Assistant Director at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library.

We asked Harmer if she'd want to check one out. She said, who wouldn't. "I mean ask me if I want 25-thousand dollar and I'd say yeah. I'd be crazy if I didn't take," said Harmer.

The "Kill-A-Watt" devices are available to check out now. For more energy saving tips, just go to

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