Hawaii Energy Offers First-Ever Free Energy-Saving Kit to Residential Electric Utility Customers

Simple-To-Install Kits Can Save Up to $160 in Annual Energy Costs

HONOLULU, April 9, 2015 – Hawaii Energy launches a new offer unlike any in the program’s six-year history: free and low-cost home energy-saving kits that give residential electric customers the opportunity to reduce their annual energy costs by up to $160.

Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, is offering a free kit (valued at $25) that includes the following:  one (1) ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light (CFL), one (1) ENERGY STAR light emitting diode (LED), one (1) high efficiency showerhead and one (1) faucet aerator.  The advanced kit (valued at $39) is $10 to purchase and includes two (2) LEDs and one (1) 7-plug advanced power strip. 

A four-person family with electric water heating can save an estimated 358 kilowatt hours (kWh) or $115 annually with the free kit and 143 kWh or $46 annually with the advanced kit based on $0.32/kWh. 

To request or purchase a kit, visit hawaiienergy.com/kits. The kits are available to residential electric utility customers in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties only.  Each household is limited to one free kit and one advanced kit.  Kits will arrive via standard U.S. mail between 4 to 6 weeks.  

Each of the energy-saving items in the kit are easy to install and do not require professional installation.  The kits and shipping are substantially subsidized by Hawaii Energy to encourage customers to take advantage of this offer, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis and while supplies last.

“After much planning and development, we are excited to offer two energy-saving kits – one free and one very affordable – so that energy-efficient items are accessible to more residents to help them save on their electric bills,” explained Caroline Carl, Residential & Transformational Program Director, Hawaii Energy.  “The kits provide great value and are easy to install, so you can begin saving immediately.” 

In the free kit, the high efficiency showerhead and faucet aerator are designed to save water and energy without reducing water pressure.  The showerhead distributes approximately 1.5 gallons of water per minute, which is about 40 percent less than traditional showerheads.  Similarly, the faucet aerator distributes approximately 1 gallon of water per minute, which is about 50 percent less than a faucet without an aerator.

Both kits include CFLs and/or LEDs since they use approximately 75 percent less energy to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb and lasts about ten times longer.  Advanced power strips prevent electronic devices from drawing power when they are turned off or not in use (also known as a phantom load) and can be programmed to shut down power at a designated time.

For more information, call (808) 537-5577 or toll-free on the neighbor islands at (877) 231-8222.

About Hawaii Energy

Hawaii Energy is the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering, LLC under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu. Hawaii Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment.

In addition to rebates, the program conducts education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures.  For more information, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com.