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Living Green and Saving Energy

(Sponsored) Energy efficiency has been a hot topic for years, but with so many messages out there, it can be difficult to find the right choices for your home. Get your questions answered and learn how to use less energy and save more green.



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What other changes can I make in my home to reduce my energy usage?

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Gas

Gas appliances are extremely energy efficient, plus they provide superior performance and cost less to operate. There are lots of appliances that can be powered with gas, including stoves, barbecue grills, clothes dryers and water heaters, just to name a few. Appliances that use gas energy are three times more efficient than appliances that use electricity derived from fossil fuels. Efficiency saves energy and money. Hawai‘i Gas customers can save up to 50 percent on their energy bills by switching to gas.

 


 

Did you know? Households with natural gas produce 37 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than homes with all-electric appliances. 
– hawaiigas.com

 

Tip: See the Light 

Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR rating can save you $75 a year. And LED lights are more affordable now than they’ve ever been, especially with $5 to $7 rebates available at participating retailers.

 

Tip: Shorten your scrub-down.

Cut your shower by just two minutes per day and save up to $100 per year on your electric bill. 

 

Hawai‘i imports 94 percent of its energy. Solar panels make use of a power source that we have in abundance.
– RevoluSun.com

 

Photo: courtesy of Hawaiian Electric Company 

Tip: Don’t set your fridge 

Or freezer temperature any colder than necessary. The ideal settings are between 36 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit for the refrigerator and between -5 and 6 degrees Fahrenheit for the freezer.  

 

Tip: Shut it down 

Before you leave the office, activate your computer’s sleep mode. This reduces the machine’s energy use by about 70 percent. 

 



 

Twenty-one percent of the electricity used in Hawai‘i comes from renewable resources. 
– Hawaiian Electric Company
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