The Watt’s Your Watt program provides resources to help San Francisco residents reduce their electrical consumption.
Reducing your electrical use is great for your pocket and the environment. One of the best ways to reduce your electricity use is to figure out how much wattage each of your electrical devices draws and how many hours they are in operation in a year. Watt meters show you how much energy your household appliances consume, their operating costs and environmental impact. Once you know how much each device uses, you can tackle each one in turn.
The What's Your Watt program allows San Francisco residents to check out watt meters from their local San Francisco branch library and keep them for three weeks. Instructions are provided in multiple languages.
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Basics on how to use the meter:
- Step one: Plug in the meter.
- Step two: Plug any household device into the meter.
- Step three: Toggle between the three buttons: Cost, Watts, and CO2. Press twice to toggle between month and year view.
For more information, download the Belkin user manual.
Your meter should be set for local San Francisco rates and carbon equivalents of $0.137 per kWh, and .551 lbs of CO2 per /kWh. For a more tailored configuration, check your utility bill for your exact rate.
Now that you've had a chance to review some of your home appliances here are some helpful next steps and resources:
- Residential Energy Upgrades - Get rebates for a home energy upgrade.
- Connect with Energy Upgrade California for information on statewide energy programs.
- Thinking about solar? - Get information on solar programs in San Francisco.
Sponsored by Wells Fargo and PG&E, Watt’s Your Watt is a collaboration of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, the San Francisco Public Library GreenStacks program and the Business Council on Climate Change.
This program is funded in part by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission