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Monthly Archives: February 2009

“Kill-a-” Idea

Written by , on February 4, 2009

In an idea that could profitably be copied everywhere, the Ottawa Public Library has made 75 Kill-a-Watt meters available for residents to borrow. A Kill-a-Watt meter is a small electronic device that you plug into a power outlet and, when you plug an appliance into it, you get a reading of how much electricity is […]  Read more »

Networked Fridges Could Smooth Power Demand

Written by , on February 4, 2009

The CSIRO has developed a way to network household and commercial fridges together in a way that lets them ‘negotiate’ with each other the best time to consume electricity. According to Sam West, an engineer at the CSIRO. “A lot of people don’t realise that fridges cycle on and off regularly, which means you’ve got […]  Read more »