The Hawaiian Electric companies are committed to generating and delivering electricity to residents of Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Island reliably and at the most reasonable price possible. Also, as a part of our community for 120 years, our company and employees care very much about the economic health and environment of Hawaii. That is why we encourage the efficient use of energy and the use of energy-saving technologies such as solar power.
If you're thinking about adding solar, here are some tips to get you started.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has implemented "decoupling," a new way to calculate electric utilities' revenue which separates electricity sales from revenues. Your bill is still determined by how much electricity you use, but the utility has no incentive to encourage higher sales. This supports increased energy efficiency, conservation and additional use of renewable resources. Learn more about decoupling.
Using electricity wisely – that is energy conservation and efficiency - helps you save money at home, school and in the workplace. It reduces the overall demand for electricity and reduces the need to build additional power plants.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has placed Hawaii Energy (www.hawaiienergy.com) in charge of encouraging energy efficiency by paying incentives and rebates to those who do things like installing solar water heating or Energy Star® appliances. Hawaii Energy also offers energy efficiency education. The Energy Office of the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism also offers energy saving information.
Hawaiian Electric is still a leading source for information and programs designed to help you save electricity and money. For advice on saving electricity at home, visit Residential Services. For workplaces, schools and other places, visit Business Services.