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RPU Partners with the Rochester Public Library to Make Kill-A-Watt Meters Available

ROCHESTER, MN – You know that your appliances may not be as energy efficient as you’d like them to be. But do you really know how much energy your appliances or your computers really use? To help Rochester residents see how efficient their appliances, electronics, and computers are, Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) has donated five Kill-A-Watt meters to the Rochester Public Library.


The easy-to-use meters help calculate the energy costs for each appliance or electronic device tested, and library patrons can borrow the meters much like they borrow a book. “We are excited about this partnership with the library”, said Larry Koshire, RPU General Manager. “Residents can use their library card to ‘check out’ one of these special meters to use at home. And like a book borrowed from the library, residents must return them by the due date so that others will have an opportunity to use them.”


The Kill-A-Watt meter is plugged into a 120-volt appliance, electronic device, or computer to record consumption by the kilowatt-hour. Users can calculate electrical expenses by the day, week, month or year. This enables the user to identify areas in their home where they can save electricity – and money.


The five Kill-A-Watt meters are now in circulation at the library. For more information about this program that is offered in cooperation with the Rochester Public Library, please call the library at 507.328.2309. Meters may also be reserved for pick up, with a valid library card, through the online catalog – just type in ‘Kill-A-Watt’ in the catalog search box at




About Rochester Public Utilities


As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 47,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 36,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.



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