Ring in the New Year with top ten energy-saving tips

Jan. 2, 2018

Happy 2018! Rather than a list of top ten New Year’s resolutions, we’ve put together a list of top ten ways to save energy this year. If you want to save money and preserve our precious island resources, be sure to follow these tips:

1. Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. LED bulbs use about 6–8 watts to create the same amount of lumens as a 60 watt incandescent light bulb. They are also about twice as efficient compared to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), saving you money with each use!

2. Use fans instead of air conditioners. Two fans, rather than an 8,000 Btu/H (British thermal units per hour) room air conditioner running four hours a day, will save more than 1,150 kWh and $345 per year.

3. Shorten showers. Cutting just two minutes per shower could save up to 463 kWh and $139 per year.

4. Fix leaky faucets. One drop each second can waste about 1,661 gallons of water a year. A leaking hot water faucet wastes both water and as much as $79 in energy costs annually.

5. Wash clothes in cold water. Switching from Hot Wash/Warm Rinse to Cold/Cold cycle on a standard top-loading washing machine for just two loads a week can save 225 kWh and $68 per year.

6. Eliminate energy sneakers (phantom loads). Use a power strip to eliminate energy sneakers by conveniently turning off devices not in use, such as cell phone chargers, camera battery chargers, and computers. Such devices use standby power when not in use.

7. Air dry dishes. Letting dishes air dry instead of using heated drying on the average dishwasher saves 110 kWh, which amounts to $33 per year.

8. No peeking. Limiting how often and how long you open the refrigerator will save electricity and protect the appliance. Also limit opening the oven while cooking or baking to save electricity, and speed up cooking times.

9. Install motion/occupancy detectors indoors and out. Cutting back use of a 150W outdoor flood light from six hours to one hour per night with a motion sensor saves up to 270 kWh and $81 per year. Switching off a 100W light for just one 8-hour day per week can save 41 kWh and more than $12 per year.

10. Use ENERGY STAR® appliances. When it’s time to replace or add appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol on clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, room air conditioners, and home electronics.

For additional energy-saving tips and resources, please visit: https://hawaiienergy.com/