Green Hawaii Home Energy Saving Tips

Saving Energy and Resources both the planets and yours are the primary reasons more indiviuals are interested in Greening up their homes.  There ary many ways to start. Homeowners should consider life style choices, costs, and resource use prior to making decisions. All very important issues, but how do we practice being Green? 

The easiest answer is do what you can when you can.  Not all of us are going to be able to immediatly buy new appliances or install a solar water heater.  However there are some quick tips for Saving Energy and Money Today  from the US Department of Energy.

Other Quick and Easy Tips for Reducing Energy and Water Use include:

  • Install CFL or Led Light bulbs - To save the most energy and money, replace your highest use bulbs focusing on the kitchen ceiling lights, the living or family room table and floor lamps, and outdoor lanai(porch)/lights.

  • Install Low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to reduce water usage.

  • Plant Trees for shading and cooling.

  • Insulate Hot Water Heaters to reduce electric or gas usage.

  • Weatherstrip and caulk doors and windows to maintain indoor tempurtures.

  • Collect rainwater to water plants. Remember to keep it covered for child safety and misqueto prevention.

  • Paint with low-or no VOC paint while this doesn't have an apparent cost savings it is environmentally friendly.

  • Replace filters in A/C to lessen the A/C's work load.

  • Install a programmable thermostat to conserve energy.

  • Place appliances or office equipment on powerstripst to reduce “phantom power loads”.

  • Take advantage of daylighting, which is using natural lighting instead of indoor lighting when possible.

The US Department of Energy, Energy Effiency and Renewable Energy is an excellent source for Understanding your Homes Current Energy Use and is an important first step to making your home more energy efficient.

Recycling

Recycling is good for the environment and makes most of us feel good. Click on your island for information on local recycling programs: Oahu Recycling, Maui Recycling, Big Island Recycling, and Kauai Recycling.

Principles at the heart of a green philosophy include:

  • Practicing Social Responsibility by understanding tomorrows impacts of what we do today.

  • Promoting Sustainability “the ability to satisfy the basic needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs”*.

  • Practicing Resource Efficiency by obtaining maximum benefit from the amount of a resource expended.

  • Resource Conservation is not using additional resources.

 

* United Nations 1987 Report of the Brundtland Commission

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Green Hawaii Home Energy Saving Tips

Saving Energy and Resources both the planets and yours are the primary reasons more indiviuals are interested in Greening up their homes.  There ary many ways to start. Homeowners should consider life style choices, costs, and resource use prior to making decisions. All very important issues, but how do we practice being Green? 

The easiest answer is do what you can when you can.  Not all of us are going to be able to immediatly buy new appliances or install a solar water heater.  However there are some quick tips for Saving Energy and Money Today  from the US Department of Energy.

Other Quick and Easy Tips for Reducing Energy and Water Use include:

 
  • Install CFL or Led Light bulbs - To save the most energy and money, replace your highest use bulbs focusing on the kitchen ceiling lights, the living or family room table and floor lamps, and outdoor lanai(porch)/lights.

  • Install Low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to reduce water usage.

  • Plant Trees for shading and cooling.

  • Insulate Hot Water Heaters to reduce electric or gas usage.

  • Weatherstrip and caulk doors and windows to maintain indoor tempurtures.

  • Collect rainwater to water plants. Remember to keep it covered for child safety and misqueto prevention.

  • Paint with low-or no VOC paint while this doesn't have an apparent cost savings it is environmentally friendly.

  • Replace filters in A/C to lessen the A/C's work load.

  • Install a programmable thermostat to conserve energy.

  • Place appliances or office equipment on powerstripst to reduce “phantom power loads”.

  • Take advantage of daylighting, which is using natural lighting instead of indoor lighting when possible.

The US Department of Energy, Energy Effiency and Renewable Energy is an excellent source for Understanding your Homes Current Energy Use and is an important first step to making your home more energy efficient.

Recycling

Recycling is good for the environment and makes most of us feel good. Click on your island for information on local recycling programs: Oahu Recycling, Maui Recycling, Big Island Recycling, and Kauai Recycling.

Principles at the heart of a green philosophy include:

 
  • Practicing Social Responsibility by understanding tomorrows impacts of what we do today.

  • Promoting Sustainability “the ability to satisfy the basic needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs”*.

  • Practicing Resource Efficiency by obtaining maximum benefit from the amount of a resource expended.

  • Resource Conservation is not using additional resources.

 

* United Nations 1987 Report of the Brundtland Commission

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