Heating water takes a lot of energy; it is the biggest user of electricity in most Hawaii homes. Here are some things you can do to reduce your use of hot water and conserve a precious resource.
Install a solar hot water heater There has never been a better time to do this. You may qualify for a rebate, federal and state tax credits. For more information about the Solar Water Heating Rebate program, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com, call 537-5577 or write HawaiiEnergy@saic.com.
Wrap your older water heater in an insulation blanket If you cannot replace your older water heater just now, consider an insulation blanket. If you have a relatively new water heater, it is probably well insulated. So consider just covering pipes with insulation.
Consider buying a high-efficiency electric water heater If you’re about to replace your existing electric water heater and solar is not an option, consider purchasing a high-efficiency electric water heater. This is a low-cost solution to reducing your electricity bills. Qualifying units can earn a rebate of $40, $50 or $70. For more details, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com, call 537-5577 or write HawaiiEnergy@saic.com.
Showers, washers, dishwashers & dryers Save energy (and our limited fresh water) by installing low-flow shower heads.
Wash clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot. Most detergents today work as well or better in cold water.
Only run your dishwasher or clothes washer with a full load and use the settings marked for energy saving.
Use a “solar clothes dryer,” (better known as a “clothesline!”) instead of an electric dryer when possible.
Consider air drying your dishes whenever possible.