Hawaii is a leader in both renewable energy generation via solar and wind and also in reducing demand by implementing policies and programs that encourage the adoption of energy efficiency measures. Public policy dictates that Hawaii must reach 40% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2045.
To achieve this lofty goal both renewable generation must be increased, and usage must be lowered.
Simple measures towards energy efficiency include replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs, installing energy efficient appliances and air-conditioning units and installing smart meters to measure and manage energy loads.
For commercial operations the first step should be initiating an energy audit to investigate the load profile of a business. This may include measuring the power usage of specific equipment when that equipment is in operation and inspecting the building insulation and weatherproofing with particular attention to large equipment, HVAC and lighting.
Hawaii Energy offers rebates and incentives to encourage the implementation of these measures for both residential and commercial entities.
The development of innovative and more affordable efficiency measures will also likely continue When considering adding renewable energy to your home or business, it may be wise to first evaluate how consumption can be reduced