On Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m., the documentary film “Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America” will be shown in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. A discussion with Jim Merkel and Susan Cuttings will follow the movie as the kick-off for the “Transition Handbook” discussion series scheduled for. 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 to 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 $1000 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 filmmaker 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.”

According to the 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.

This screening of “Kilowatt Ours” is co- sponsored by 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.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.