There are a handful of libraries around the US with tools collections. The general idea is that library card holders can borrow axes, saws, power drills, roto-rooters (clean them before you bring them back!), and other rarely used but essential equipment for a few days.
I thought about this prompted by a posting in Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools about energy meters and how they can save you hundreds of dollars a year by identifying inefficient appliances. It turns out that the Ann Arbor District Library has four of these "line loggers" for patrons to borrow. (One of them is on reserve for me right now!) Figure out how much electricity your fridge or computer is using and take steps to conserve.
Cool Tools ran a piece on these tool lending libraries in 2004. He lists collections at the Oakland Tool Library, the San Francisco Tool Library, and the Berkeley Tool Library. I've seen others online Kansas City, MO run by the non-profit Westside Housing, a non-profit "toolmobile" run by the city of Columbus, OH, and the North Portland (Oregon) Tool Library. There's a list of tool-lending libraries in Wikipedia.