Business Energy Guide 2012
Making the Transition Helping Hawaii's Businesses Become Energy Efficient
By: Sherie Char
(page 8 of 8)
“We’re constantly enhancing our incentives offerings
Making Smarter Business Decisions
“We help residents and business owners who use electricity—from large resorts to the shave ice stands,” says Derrick Sonoda, marketing and outreach manager of Hawaii Energy. “We’re here to help everyone.”
“Hawaii Energy is funded by everyone who has an electric utility account,” he says. “A small portion of electricity revenue, roughly equal to 1.5 percent, goes to the program to help meet our state’s goal of reducing our dependence on imported oil by 2030.”
Hawaii Energy is a ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by SAIC under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving Honolulu, Hawaii and Maui counties.
“We offer incentives and education to motivate businesses to change out their old energy hogs such as refrigerators, lights, air conditioners, pumps and other equipment to energy-saving replacements,” he says.
One of Hawaii Energy’s new offering is an incentive to install submetering for condominiums and stores within office building and hotels.
“If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Smaller stores, like those around Waikiki, might not have individual electric meters so they don’t know how much energy they are using,” Sonoda says. “Submetering rewards the stores that do a great job saving energy with lower bills, while identifying the others we need to help. Studies show that installing submeters reduces usage between 10 to 20 percent.”
For buildings with enclosed parking, Hawaii Energy offers a new incentive for garage demand ventilation control on fresh air fans.
“These fans are operating at full speed, 24/7, regardless of need, which wastes electricity,” he says. “By installing smart sensors, you can reduce the amount of energy used by activating fans only when necessary to maintain air quality.”
Many businesses have second-hand refrigerators that use two to three times more electricity to operate than a new Energy Star® model. To operate a 20-year-old refrigerator, it costs about $380 on Oahu, $420 on Maui, $490 on Hawaii Island, and $555 on Molokai and Lanai in electricity every year. Hawaii Energy offers businesses a $50 rebate when they trade in an old refrigerator for a new Energy Star® unit; residents can get a $125 rebate.
Hawaii needs everyone’s help to reduce our state’s dependence on imported oil.
“If businesses can’t afford their high electricity costs, they may have to close or down-size. Both of which hurts the economy,” says Sonoda. “We’re constantly enhancing our incentives offerings to help Hawaii’s businesses conserve energy.”
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) – Hawaii State Energy Office
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
The Gas Company
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