Miami-Dade Library System to help patrons go ‘green’

By Vinora Hamilton….
The Miami-Dade Public Library System and Miami-Dade’s Office of Sustainability have partnered to encourage patrons to become better stewards of the environment and to help them save money on their electric bills by offering the Kill A WattEZ Electricity Usage Monitor.

Patrons can check out the monitor for up to 14 days. Once home, a patron plugs the monitor into the wall, plugs an appliance into the monitor and enters electricity rate information. The monitor then shows how much power the appliance consumes and how much it costs to power.

The Office of Sustainability donated 150 monitors, as part of their communitywide Energy Efficiency Campaign, for circulation throughout the 48 branches.

“These monitors are a great way for our patrons to get informed about the amount of electricity that their home appliances consume,” said Raymond Santiago, Library director. “We are so glad to partner with the Office of Sustainability and are grateful that they have made these devices available to our patrons.”

The monitors are available at the following branches: Coral Gables, Coral Reef, Hispanic, Homestead, Kendale Lakes, Kendall, Main, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, Naranja, North Dade, Pinecrest, South Dade and South Miami. Patrons may request that the monitor be sent to a branch that is convenient for them.

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