Beautiful beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and unbelievable food – just some of the things that visitors envy to those that can call Hawaii their home. But would they be just as jealous of our utility bills? For many local residents, receiving the electric and water bills every month seems to become more and more of a surprise at how high the rates continue to rise.
By using your Kama`aina Rewards card at participating stores, you’re saving money by earning points on every dollar spent which you are able to use towards future purchases. But in case you’re looking to save a little bit more, here are a couple of easy things you can do around the house to reduce your utility bills.
• Take shorter showers, using less hot water. A water heater consumes 14% average home’s energy cost.
• Turn off unnecessary lights when not being used. Lighting accounts for about 12% of an average home’s energy bill.
• Minimize the amount of time you keep your refrigerator or freezer door open. Keeping your refrigerator or freezer full will also minimize the energy it needs to keep the open spaces cool.
• Watering plants in the earlier parts of the day before it gets hot will prevent the need for excessive watering to compensate for evaporated water.
For more information, ask your local water or electric provider what you can do to cut back on your energy consumption. And don’t forget to use your Kama`aina Rewards card to receive money, for simply spending it at participating Hawaii merchants.