The council has purchased five Power Mate Lite energy meters which show the electricity consumption, dollar cost and greenhouse gas pollution created from the power consumed by household appliances and which can be borrowed from its libraries.
Mayor Cr Jan Barham said with rising energy prices, the council expected the meters to be keenly sought after by residents.
Cr Barham said the meters would help give people control over their electricity bills and would be especially useful for measuring how much energy was used when home appliances were left to idle in standby mode.
"Standby power can account for 10 percent of electricity in the average home, or over $100 year, and the Power Mate device can quickly reveal how much appliances are actually costing us,” she said.
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