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Check out a portable energy meter

Check out a portable energy meter

Borrow a portable energy meter at no cost from your local public library. Units are available with directions in English and Spanish.

Accurate and easy to use, these plug-in meters work on any standard 120-volt electric appliance. Use one to:

  • Measure voltage, electricity cost and electric consumption.
  • Find out the exact operating costs of various appliances, from refrigerators to lamps and computers.
  • Identify the potential causes of high energy use.
  • Predict your savings in reducing appliance use.
  • Calculate the payback for replacing older equipment.
  • Discover how much power some appliances draw even when "switched off" (i.e., "phantom" or "standby" power).

MGE has donated more than 80 meters to area libraries. Because the meters are popular, reserve one ahead of time so you don't waste a trip. Call your library or reserve a meter online by searching for "portable energy meter" in your library's online catalog.

Medidores portátiles de energÌa con instrucciones en Espanol estan disponibles ahora por prestamo. Se lo pide prestamo de su biblioteca local y utilÌcelo en su hogar! Para informacion, llame a MGE a (608) 252-7120.