Most people in Hawaii share a concern about our dependence on imported fossil fuel - mostly imported oil - and the economic, security and environmental vulnerability it brings. The Hawaiian Electric Companies - in partnership with many others - are pursuing environmentally-friendly ways to reduce oil dependence, increase energy security and reduce our global climate change impact. It will take all of us working together.
What can you do to help? Some things are free or take little effort but some need a bigger investment of money or time.
Hawaiian Electric Company offers a lot of helpful tools.
- Access My Home Energy Check, the Energy Savings Toolkit for residential customers, and the Energy Conservation Kits for businesses and more.
- Hawaiian Electric offers a Speakers Bureau that will come to your club, organization, church or other gathering to share information about Hawaii’s clean energy future, including renewable energy efforts and energy savings tips. Email email@example.com for information.
- Presentations are also available for schools. Parents and Teachers may be interested in "What’s Up With Renewable Energy Sources", a fun workbook for young people age 12 to 14 (7th to 9th grade). Call 543-7534 for information.
- Teachers can also access our library of free energy information in the Teachers Energy Resource Center.
The Hawaii Public Library System has an excellent collection of energy-related books for readers of all ages, as does any bookstore. Many local and national magazines have green editions or tips in every issue. These include Hawaii Home & Remodeling, Green Hawaii and HomeScapes locally and Yes!; Ode; Mother Earth News and Co-op America Quarterly nationally. Many websites offer clean energy tips. A good place to start is the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website. The Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism’s Renewable Energy learning site also offers a lot.
Kids may want to start at he the U.S. Energy InformatinAdministration's energy KIDS website.
Use energy wisely
Without spending much money, you can do many simple things everyday to reduce the demand for electricity. You and your family can save money; it will help the environment; and it will reduce or delay the need to build more electric generation.
Learn more about ways you can save money by using energy wisely.
Hawaii Energy offers tips as well as rebates on appliances and other energy efficient equipment.
Take public action
Learn about more ways you can make a difference at Hawaii's Energy Future.
To get involved in a local organization promoting sustainable activities in energy and many other areas, check out Kanu Hawaii, the Sierra Club Hawaii chapter or the Blue Planet Foundation.
A strong national organization is the Natural Resources Defense Council which is one of the most influential and respected environmental organizations in the world.
Learn about returning the earth’s greenhouse gas output to less than 350 parts per million.
Learn more about the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force and sustainability efforts at the University of Hawaii.
Support Sun Power for Schools
The Hawaiian Electric companies' Sun Power for Schools has provided over two dozen public high schools and intermediate schools in Hawaii to have a two-kilowatt, , grid-connected, photovoltaic (PV) electric system or PV outdoor lighting system installed. The program has been made possible by the financial support of individual customers who become partners with participating schools, the Hawaii Department of Education, and the Hawaiian Electric Companies which provide financial and in-kind support.
In addition to supplying a small amount of free energy for these schools, these solar installations create the opportunity for students to learn about the production of solar energy. A guide to support this learning is provided to teachers by the Hawaiian Electric Companies.
For a list of schools presently part of the program, visit Sun Power for Schools.