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Hawaiian Electric Energy Star Rebate

by Tanya Power

The following is from HECO....and Oahu residents have a great opportunity for rebates on their utility bills when purchasing Energy Star appliances.  With some effort, hopefully HELCO (on the Island of Hawaii) will follow suit.

Hawaiian Electric Rebates on Energy Star® Appliances

Now, Oahu residential customers can receive rebates from Hawaiian Electric on energy efficient appliances that carry the ENERGY STAR® label.

ENERGY STAR® labeled appliances have met rigorous energy efficiency standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and incorporate advanced technologies that use 10 – 50% less energy than standard models.

   HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC REBATES ON OAHU:
   ENERGY STAR® CEILING FAN   $40
   ENERGY STAR® CLOTHES WASHER   $50
   ENERGY STAR® DISHWASHER   $50
   ENERGY STAR® REFRIGERATOR   $50
   ENERGY STAR® WINDOW AIR CONDITIONER   $75


TO QUALIFY

  • Check the links below (to the energystar.gov website) to be sure the Brand and Model you plan to purchase are on the Product List.

    Ceiling Fans

    Ceiling Fans/Lights

    Clothes Washers

    Dishwashers

    Refrigerators

    Window Air Conditioners

  • Click on the link below to download a pdf of the Hawaiian Electric Rebate Form. Rebate Form

  • Mail Completed Application and ORIGINAL sales receipt (photocopies will not be accepted) to:

    HECO’s Energy$olutionsSM for the Home
    P.O. Box 3920,
    Honolulu, HI 96812-3920

    The receipt MUST indicate the make and model number. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your receipt returned.

LEARN MORE

Ceiling Fans ENERGY STAR-rated ceiling fan/light units use improved motors and blade designs which are 50% more efficient than conventional fan/light units. Earn a $40 rebate from HECO for this purchase.

Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)CFLs use 2/3 less energy than regular incandescent bulbs for the same amount of light, lasts up to 10 times longer and can save you up to $20 per year per bulb. Be sure to pick a bulb that fits your fixture, for indoor or outdoor use. Click here for CFL coupons offers.

Clothes Washers Save energy and water when you buy an ENERGY STAR front or top loading clothes washer which uses up to 50%* less energy and 15-22 gallons less water per load compared to a standard full size machine, plus you can earn a $50 rebate from HECO.

Refrigerators Many ENERGY STAR refrigerator models provided energy savings without sacrificing features such as automatic icemakers and through-the-door ice dispensers. Qualified models are available with top, bottom and side-by-side freezers. This purchase earns you a $50 HECO rebate.

Dishwashers Qualified ENERGY STAR dishwashers use up to 40%* less energy than conventional models. Earn a $50 rebate from HECO for this purchase.

Air Conditioning If your window air conditioning unit is more than 10 years old and you replace it with an ENERGY STAR qualified model, you can save an average of $25* per year on your electric bill, plus earn a $75 rebate from HECO.

This is my personal effort to continually update you on "Eco-Green" ideas....you may want to consider Energy Star Appliances just to save on your electric bill.  The rebate is "gravy"!

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Energy Efficient Appliances

by Tanya Power

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Technology Snapshot & Benefits:
Both immediate and indirect economic savings can come from energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, horizontal-axis washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, etc. Immediate and continuing savings accrue from lower utility bills for electricity and/or water. The performance levels of these appliances meet, and generally exceed, those of industry ?standard? models. As a case in point, consider household refrigeration. By the late 1970s, refrigerators reached their most inefficient performance by requiring about 1750 kiloWatt-hours per year to operate. Modern energy-efficient refrigerators provide the same or better service at 450-550 kiloWatt-hours per year, and they are much quieter in operation.

Estimated Cost Savings:
The direct economic savings achieved by efficient appliances are a function of how much the appliance will be used, the performance level of the equipment being replaced, and local costs for utilities. When you replace older equipment, it is not uncommon for electricity consumption for that appliance to decrease by 50% or more. In general, if the appliance being replaced is more than 15 years old, and it is replaced with a state-of-the-art unit, you may expect utility savings of 20%-60% compared with the energy required by the previous appliance. Horizontal-axis washing machines typically save consumers 50% in both electric and water utilities. Additional savings come from reduced quantities of detergent.

Your monthly electrical bill is for all electricity used by all electrical loads in the building, so changing a single appliance will lower the bill, but in proportion to the amount of electricity formerly used by that appliance. If refrigeration represents 15-20% of your electric bill, a new refrigerator that is twice as efficient as the unit being replaced will lower your total bill by about 7-10%.

Any increase in initial cost is usually more than made up in monthly savings. See ACEEE's Most Energy-Efficient Appliances for more detailed information on appliances and savings.

Issues:
Availability of the most energy-efficient appliances may be an issue. Sometimes the best equipment is in demand, which can mean that discounts and sale prices are either unavailable or of lower value. Over time, as manufacturers and suppliers clear inventories of less efficient models by offering discounts, expect the price of efficient appliances to come down as well.

Regional Issues:
Primarily, regional issues involve supply, delivery, and installation.

Installation (Getting It Done):
Be sure to price shop and to get two or three (or more) prices. Inquire about installation and removal of your old unit. For any refrigeration unit, be sure that the refrigerant will be removed and recycled responsibly. Refrigerants are very potent greenhouse gases and must be captured and contained. Shopping for price and availability will give you perspective on the true costs of equipment and installation in your area.

More Information on This Topic:

U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Energy Savers - Appliances

U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program: Dishwasher Tips

U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program: Laundry Tips

U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program: Refrigerator/Freezer Energy Tips

Energy Star®: Appliances

Energy Star®: Clothes Washers

Energy Star®: Dehumidifiers

Energy Star®: Dishwashers

Energy Star®: Refrigerators

Energy Star®: Room Air Conditioners

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