On Tuesday Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m., the documentary film, }Killowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America” will be shown in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library.

A discussion with Jim Merkel and Susan Cuttings will follow the movie as the kickoff for the “Transition Handbook” discussion series taking place in February. Merkel and Cuttings have attended “Transition Culture” trainings and will give an introduction to the Handbook. This program is free and open to the public.

“Kilowatt Ours” is the story of filmmaker and conservationist Jeff Barrie’s journey across the United States to document our energy-related problems and present practical, cost-saving solutions for consumers. Widespread problems revealed in “Kilowatt Ours” include mountaintop removal, air pollution, global warming, childhood asthma and mercury contamination. The film illustrates practical solutions that can help homeowners save approximately $1,000 per year on energy bills, while helping the environment and protecting human health.

“I hope this film sparks an energy conservation movement across America, while boosting demand for clean, renewable power sources,” said Barrie, “Many people are unaware that we’re still burning coal to generate most of our electricity in America, creating serious consequences to the environment and human health. The need for conservation is urgent,” Barrie added.

According to the federal Department of Energy, the average American home consumes more than 900 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month. More than 50 percent of our nation’s electricity is generated in coal-fired power plants, amounting to nearly six tons of coal burned to generate electricity for the typical American home each year. By using products marked with EPA’s Energy Star label, purchasing power generated from renewable resources, more effectively insulating our homes and utilizing natural energy sources like sunlight, wind and geothermal power, consumers can reduce the impact of their energy usage, while saving money, according to Barrie.

This screening of “Kilowatt Ours” is co- sponsored by The Belfast Free Library and The Belfast Coop with support from the UU Committee on Social Justice, and the Waldo County Peace and Justice Group. For more information call the library 338-3884.