Energy efficiency


In beautiful, sunny Hawaii, you can take advantage of the sun’s rays in more ways than one. You can spend a day at the beach, hang out by the pool, or go for a long walk. You can also use solar energy to considerably reduce both your electric bill and energy use. Did you know that, by installing solar panels in your Hawaii home, you could not only drastically lower your electric bill but perhaps even receive money for the electricity your home creates? What’s more, solar panels and/or a solar water heater both qualify for a 30% government tax credit!

You can make your Hawaii home “green” and save in many other ways, too. At Dr. Energy Saver, we take a whole-house approach to improving your home’s energy efficiency, because the only way to truly save money on your electric bill is to ensure that all areas of your home are running to perfection. We’ll come to your home and inspect every nook and cranny to locate and correct any spots where you lose or waste energy, such as your home’s insulation, ducts, and cooling system.

Leidos: Hawaii Energy Conservation and Efficiency Program

I am very familiar with Hawaii Energy and the great work they are doing for the state. There is much to appreciate with this project, especially the way that existing conditions and economic realities are driving innovation. The amount of energy they have saved for the state is very impressive.

Since 2009, Leidos has administered the Hawaii Energy program, an electric ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program serving Hawaii, Honolulu, and Maui counties in the state under the direction of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Energy efficiency plays a key part in achieving the state’s goal of achieving a 100% renewable energy portfolio standard by 2045.

Hawaii has the highest energy prices in the country so this program is designed to empower residents to use less energy and lower their electric bills, ultimately reducing the state’s dependence on imported oil. Leidos, a defense company that provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services, was selected by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to serve as the first-ever third-party administrator of its Public Benefits Fee, the collection of electric utility customer payments used to facilitate energy efficiency programs in Hawaii. The company oversees design and implementation of a wide range of commercial and residential rebate offers as well as training and educational clean energy initiatives.

Leidos regularly collaborates with trade, government and non-profit allies and clean-energy policy working groups to understand the local market, collect feedback and improve program design. Due to the program’s continued success, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission awarded Leidos additional funding in 2014 to expand market transformation efforts, including research on demand response, smart grids and electric vehicle charging.

Through a portfolio of financial incentives, education and training opportunities, and collaboration with key community organizations and leaders, Hawaii Energy reduced energy usage by 855,000 megawatt-hours and is projected to save customers in excess of $1.2 billion.

Every year, the Hawaii Energy Conservation and Efficiency Program achieves new clean energy goals. This past program year marked the introduction of the Clean Energy Ally program for industry professionals, which recruited and trained more than 220 individuals from 140 companies. In addition, Hawaii Energy increased the Peer Group Comparison program to reach 240,000 households while improving customer experience through the use of web-based services and enhanced tools. Hawaii Energy also established a Strategic Energy Management process to assist large institutional energy users in planning and executing effective energy management as a critical part of business operations.

There is a lot of talk about going green lately, and there are many ways in which to do it. In addition to lifestyle changes like recycling, taking public transportation, and conserving water usage, there are also changes you can make to the environment you live in. One of the most effective means of creating an earth-friendly home atmosphere is to use an Energy Efficient Air Conditioning System in Maui, Hawaii. Here’s what you need to know:

Benefits of energy efficient Air Conditioning Systems for Maui, Hawaii

It goes without saying that energy efficiency is vitally important to protecting the earth’s resources. For this reason alone, many Maui homeowners are prompted to consider energy efficiency when purchasing major home appliances. However, there are some other advantages to equipping your Maui house with an energy efficient HVAC. For starters, you can expect to save money by lowering your heating and cooling bill by double digit numbers, and by benefiting from an energy efficiency tax credit. Secondly, your Hawaii Comfort home will be better throughout the year—that means warmer and more evenly distributed heat during the coldest months of winter and colder air throughout the hot summer months.


All about Maui Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)

An HVAC’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, or SEER, is its score in relation to just how energy efficient it is throughout the year, taking into account its output during the most demanding seasons (the dead heat of winter and the ice cold of winter). The SEER is measured in BTUs, and the higher the SEER, the more energy efficient the Maui unit is. The industry-accepted base grade (minimal, or standard) SEER number is 13, and the maximum is 21. Energy efficient models go up in increments of one—each unit higher representing an efficiency improvement of somewhere between five and ten percent.

Identifying energy efficient HVAC systems

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) makes it easy for you to determine which appliances meet current standards for energy efficiency in Maui. All models that are determined to function at an eco-optimal level are branded with the blue and white, ENERGY STAR logo. When shopping for energy efficient heating and air conditioning units for Maui, the ENERGY STAR label is your surest way to identify high-quality and high efficiency systems.


Your heating, air conditioning, and ventilation system is central to your home’s health, and to your comfort and wellbeing. Therefore, it is important that you take proper measures to ensure its optimal functioning. You need a team of HVAC professionals on your side. We at A1 HVAC have the know-how and dedication necessary to providing you with thorough and reliable Maui HVAC care services. Call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

Hawaii Energy aims to achieve the most energy savings per dollars spent for the best return of ratepayer funds of any previous efficiency program in the state. In the last six years, the energy-saving efforts of participants resulted in an estimated $965 million in electric bill savings. This is nearly 3 billion kilowatt-hours in energy savings, which is equivalent to five years of current photovoltaic generation or 90,000 electric vehicles driven for a year. In the last program year, tens of thousands of residents and businesses helped to achieve an estimated $443 million in lifetime electric bill savings or 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours, equal to eliminating 2.2 million barrels of oil or 1.3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions — at a total program cost of 2.4 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Ingvar Henry Lotts
Dr. Ingvar Henry Lotts is the founder of the Baltic Review (ISSN 2029-2643). He is member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the BALTIC REVIEW and President of the Union of Lithuanian Germans (LVS). Ingvar Henry Lotts lives in Vilnius with his wife Elvyra, a orphanage director, and their daughter Anna-Gertruda, student of the Vilnius University.

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