Hawaii electric bills can be very costly. The remote location of the island and growing population create a premium for all energy produced on the islands. Residents can help lower electric bills by following a few helpful pieces of advice.
- Turn Up the Thermostat – One of the biggest users of electric supply in a home or business is the air conditioner. While it is nice to have a cool place to relax in, the constantly running air conditioner can quickly drive the electric bill price high. Property owners can see tremendous savings in their monthly bill just by turning up the thermostat a few degrees. The higher temperature will allow the unit to be off for longer periods of time and reduce the amount of work it has to do to cool off the building.
- Keep the Air Conditioning System Clean – The more efficient an air conditioner system works, the less amount of energy it needs to do its job. The system can be kept in tip-top working order by cleaning a few parts on a routine basis. The air filter that cleans the air prior to it entering the ducts can become clogged. Clogged filters make it difficult for the unit to draw air into the system. The filters should be replaced on a monthly basis. Additionally, the coils around the condenser should be kept clean at all times. The coils are where the hot air is exchanged with cool air. If the coils are clogged, the air exchange does not happen easily.
- Increase Insulation – Insulation keeps the interior of a home at a constant temperature. The house will stay at a comfortable temperature for a longer period of time the higher rated the insulation is. Homeowners can see a dramatic reduction in their electric bills if they replace inadequate insulation with a higher rated product. This project requires a small investment up front, but will pay for itself in a few short months.
- Energy Efficient Appliances – Another source of energy consumption in the home is appliances. Dishwashers, clothes washers, ovens, television, dryers, and many others draw a large load of electricity on a daily basis. Current appliances are designed to be much more energy efficient than those from years ago. Replacing outdated appliances with new efficient ones can reward the owner with lower electric bills.
- Change Light Bulbs – Perhaps the quickest and easiest way to reduce an electric bill is to replace the old incandescent light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs. Switching one bulb can save $35 dollars over the life of the bulb. This seemingly small amount can add up when it is multiplied by the total number of bulbs in a home.
There are many ways to lower Hawaii electric bills. Following these few steps will help get every home and business owner on the path to significant savings in the future.