KDL to offer energy usage monitors for loan to public

At public libraries around Michigan and the country, cardholders have been able to check out energy usage monitors to gauge their home appliance electricity use. But there are no public libraries in Kent County that loan the monitors. Until now – and Kent District Library, Consumers Energy and Lowell Light & Power are helping lead the way.

KDL, which has some 250,000 cardholders at 18 branches representing 26 Kent County communities, is now offering energy usage monitors for checkout.

“Libraries are a perfect connector of information and education,” said Michelle Boisvenue-­Fox, assistant director of KDL. “These kinds of partnerships are crucial to strong communities.”

KDL piloted the program in February at its Englehardt branch in Lowell through a partnership with Lowell Light & Power.

“We’re pleased to team up with KDL and offer these special meters to help educate customers about the value of electricity and how energy efficiency can help lower their electric bills,” said Robert Mihos, senior account manager for Consumers Energy’s Savings Solutions program. “Helping Michigan save energy: that’s our promise.”


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