It is always a joy to meet bright people who are passionate about their jobs.
Last Thursday, we had the good fortune to meet two such people who are connected with Hawaii Energy, the state's experts in conservation and efficiency programs. Walter Enomoto and Malama Minn came by in response to a little piece written here about a Home Energy Report we received from their organization.
First of all, the purpose of Hawaii Energy is to educate the populace about ways to conserve electricity - and get them to implement them. They have a lot of practical tips that can help us reduce energy consumption and lessen the state's dependence on imported oil.
In an editorial here a couple of weeks ago, we referred to ourselves as the Energy Inefficient, citing our Home Energy Report as proof. That report, if you'll recall, said we used 22 percent more energy than our average neighbor and double the power of efficient neighbors.
Walter and Malama had a ton of tips and suggested a visit to their website - Hawaii Energy.com/HomeEnergyReport - for even more tips and to further personalize the report by inputting more information about our home. You can learn a lot on the site about the neighbors you were compared to, also.
Some of the tips they gave us Thursday included such items as Vampire Electricity - power that is drawn by some appliances even when turned off. The use of a smart power strip or unplugging the device when not in use can stop these vampires from sucking your wallet dry.
Walter also asked if we had animals. When we replied yes, he suggested vacuuming the condenser coils at the bottom of our refrigerator. He said animal fur can clog them and make them inefficient. Malama referred to this condition as the Cat Culprit.
In any event, there are tons of tips at HawaiiEnergy.com/HomeEnergyReport. We'd suggest you visit the site. Hawaii Energy will show you how to cut your electric consumption - and save money every month on your utility bill.
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