Saving energy at home adds up

Beverly Hennon
Beverly Hennon

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - With rising costs for gas, you may be thinking about ways to save energy on the road.

But not everyone is thinking about conservation at home.

But did you know we pay three times as much for our electricity than the national average? So, saving energy at home could result in substantial savings.

Beverly Hennon tries to save gas where she can, so she walks to the store. And thinks people should do their part to help.

"Everybody get up and do something, if you just need to go to Safeway or Longs, walk there," said Hennon.

At her Makiki home, Hennon is just as serious about saving energy.

Turning on the ceiling fans instead of the air conditioner, and using energy efficient water heaters. Saving energy is a bright idea, but is there more she could be doing to save electricity?

"Absolutely, if you have any more suggestions I'll take them right now," said Hennon.

In fact, we've got a 101 tips, courtesy of Hawaiian Electric.

Which is putting out a booklet to help lower your electric bill.

Like timing your showers so they won't last so long.

And keeping the oven closed when cooking to save heat.

Saving energy can be easy inside the home and out.

By simply planting trees and shrubs around your home, it will keep you cooler these hot summer days.

Cutting back on electricity at home, also helps the environment and the rest of the state.

"We don't have to produce as much electricity if its not being used, and if its not being produced that means we're not so dependant on fossil fuels. That has repercussions around our state and on our economy," said Darren Pai, a spokesperson with the Hawaiian Electric Company.

And as Hennon learned, the little things can really add up.

"It's not a big deal, it's not going to save me thousands but I don't need to waste that little bit of electricity," added Hennon.

The new energy saving tips booklets will be available starting Wednesday at HECO customer service centers, or head to the link on this page for the money saving information.