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Hawaii Guard saves green by going green

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A few simple changes have resulted in big savings for the Hawaii National Guard. 

A pilot program to make the facilities more energy efficient has saved almost $80,000 in a year.

20 buildings were altered last summer.   Fluorescent bulbs were removed from some of the light fixtures, high-powered lights were made compatible with more efficient bulbs, and the air conditioners were turned down. 

"We actually like it about 74-75 (degrees) and that's great... you get real dollar savings," says Derek Sonoda of Hawaii Energy, the company that worked with the Guard on the pilot program.

A joint press conference was held Thursday morning at the 22nd Avenue Armory to show off the ways they've brought energy usage down.

"Of course it's saving tax dollars, no question about that," says Governor Neil Abercrombie, "This is green government."

The Hawaii Guard is now expanding the program to other buildings.

The changes have brought down energy usage by 7%, they hope to eventually bring that down by 25%.

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