Lucky We Live Hawaii?


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.

References:
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/hortihints/0108a.html
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2010/06/10/10-most-costly-appliances/

Ready, Set, SAVE!

Tough times got you digging under your couch for loose change? Well dig no further! We’ve got the inside scoop on the best money saving apps for your smartphone.

According to Money Magazine, Gas Buddy is an essential app that helps locate nearby gas stations selling gas for the lowest price. This free app available for those with an Android, iPhone, Blackberry, or Windows Phone 7 is sure to help save you money – even if it’s just a little at a time. And although only low prices of reported stations show up, every little bit to save helps.

Still looking to save a little more? Check out RedLaser, a free app available for Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone 7. This app allows users to scan or manually enter a product’s barcode to let them know if they’re getting a good deal. The app lists other locations that sell the same product and for what price. It even searches the web for you to see if you can save even more by purchasing it online.

Coupon Sherpa is another highly recommended app by Money Magazine to help you save time from coupon clipping. Free for Android and iPhone users, this app features hundreds of coupons from major retailers and grocery stores right on your smartphone. Wherever you’re shopping, simply open Coupon Sherpa to see what coupons are available to show the clerk upon checkout and save.

And for even more savings, don’t forget to use your Kama`aina Rewards card at any of our participating locations. For every dollar you spend, you’ll receive points that you can use just like cash for future purchases. For more information about participating merchants or how you can sign up for a free Kama`aina Rewards card, CLICK HERE and start saving today!

References:
http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/13/pf/car-apps.moneymag/index.htm
http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/15/pf/shopping-app.moneymag/index.htm

Ticket to Ride Contest Winners

Congratulations to all winners at this year’s Ticket to Ride contest where one lucky winner was given the grand prize of a custom 2013 Miller Highlife Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Don Moffis was named the grand prize winner at this year’s event held at Kemo`o Farms Pub and Grill in Wahiawa.

Moffis, along with others, received key vouchers in the weeks leading up to the event in order to be eligible to win the grand prize. Below is a list of contestants that went home with other prizes:

1st Place – Ani Cahill; round-trip tickets for two to Las Vegas courtesy of Vacations Hawaii
2nd Place – Steve Tatum; $500 gas gift card courtesy of Mid Pac Petroleum /76 Hawaii.
3rd Place – Mark Chittom; a $250 gas gift card courtesy of Mid Pac Pettroleum/76 Hawaii and two round-trip tickets courtesy of go! Airlines
4th Place – Kevin Salis; a $250 gas gift card courtesy of Mid Pac Petroleum/76 Hawaii.

76 Hawaii has proudly served the islands of Hawaii for nearly 90 years and we look forward to serving you for many future generations to come.

For more information about how you can become a winner at next year’s event or through any of our other contests or promotions, be sure to visit our website at 76Hawaii.com. And for the latest updates, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

A Driver’s Myth


Have you ever heard that there’s a way to get more gas for the same price? If you haven’t, it’s because it’s not true; and if you have, then you’ve been misinformed.

It is the understanding of many that because liquids are more dense when at a colder temperature than at a warmer one, you’ll get more than when the fuel is warm. Although this may seem true in theory, reality is that gas is stored several feet underground and is therefore not effected by the time of day in which you fill up your car. So in other words, if you used to think filling up gas at cooler times of the day would get you more gas, you can probably fill up at anytime.

However, one great trick to save money at the pump is simply using your Kama`aiana Rewards card to receive credits for every dollar you spend on gas, to use for future purchases of gas or products at participating Hawaii merchants.

References:
http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/smart-spending/autos/10-driving-myths-fact-or-fiction

16th Annual Maui PrimeTime Wellness Fair

16th Anuual Maui PrimeTime Wellness Fair

First Hawaiian Bank
16th Annual Maui PrimeTime Wellness Fair
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center • 780 Onehee Avenue
Opening Ceremonies 8:15 a.m. • Fair 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FREE ADMISSION

Attend the 16th Annual Maui PrimeTime Wellness Fair on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Binhi at Ani Filipino Community Center between 8:30AM – 12PM for your chance to win a $200 Gas Gift Card. There will also be free health screenings and health information available. Admission is FREE.

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS & INFORMATION
Glucose & Cholesterol(please fast for a minimum of 8 hours for a more accurate reading)
Blood Pressure
Take Home Kidney Screening Kits
Fitness Demonstration
Live Entertainment
Door Prizes • Games • Activities
And Much More!

For more information, call 873-2212 on Maui or go to fhb.com.

Cooler, Cheaper Summers


The summer heat has just begun. With an average of 88˚F during the months of July, August, and September, combined with the humidity, calls for many to turn their air conditioners on to escape the heat.

But in case you don’t want your electricity bill to go up like the temperature, here are a few tips on how you can stay cool throughout the summer:

• Utilize ceiling and window fans – On days where it’s not crucial to use your air conditioner, use a ceiling or window fan to keep you cool. These fans use much less energy than an air conditioner and can help keep your bill lower.
• Use heavy drapes over windows – Heavy drapery over windows with the most sun exposure will allow you to better insulate your home. The drapes help to keep the warm out and keep the cool in, thus avoiding unnecessary cooling.
• Cool only what you need – Closing the doors of rooms that don’t need to be cooled can help save the amount of energy the air conditioner needs to cool the house. With less space to cool, the air conditioner can work more efficiently for you and your wallet.
• Leave it on, or turn it off? – Some air conditioners have an energy saving setting that will continue to cool your house when you are not home. But won’t that just use more energy? Depending how hot it is, leaving your air conditioner on while you’re not home can actually save you money. If you turn your air conditioner off, the temperature of your house will rise and when you return, it’ll take more energy to cool it than if you had just left it on.

And for even more savings, don’t forget to use your Kama`aina Rewards card at any of our participating locations. For every dollar you spend, you’ll receive points that you can use just like cash for future purchases. For more information about participating merchants or how you can sign up for a free Kama`aina Rewards card, CLICK HERE and saving today!

References:
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/22712318/5-easy-fixes-for-a-high-summer-electric-bill
http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USHI0026

Motorcycle Safety

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride along the coast of the island with the salt-water mist in the air and the breeze through your hair? Well, 76 Hawaii wants to help your dream come true and make you the winner of its Ticket to Ride contest by giving you a 110th Anniversary Harley Davidson Motorcycle!

But before you ride, we want you and your other two-wheel riding friends to be safe, so here’s a few motorcycle riding safety tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation:

• Make sure that your headlight is on, day and night.
• Avoid extended time in a car’s or truck’s blind spot.
• Always wear a helmet and proper eye protection.
• Wear lighter colored and protective clothing.
• Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
• Be sure to drive in a position of the lane where you are most visible.
• Never ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
For more information on how you can be a safer motorcyclist, visit msf-usa.org

Enter to win today! For more information, see Terms and Conditions.

References:
http://msf-usa.org/downloads/If_you_ride_a_motorcycle.pdf

Lower Gas Prices at Ed’s Union 76 on 7/19/13

Lower Gas Prices at Ed's Union 76 in Lahaina

Maui residents will be given a special opportunity to save on gas when DaJam 98.3 takes over Lahaina 76 and dramatically lowers gas prices on Friday, July 19th.

From 2PM to 6PM, DaJam 98.3 will drop the price of gas and they will also be giving away chances to win great prizes like FREE GAS from 4PM to 6PM!

Maui residents will also have the opportunity to become members of the Kama’aina Rewards program. Kama’aina Rewards membership is FREE and Maui residents will immediately be able to take advantage of the program at the Lahaina 76 station.

For more information, Maui residents can become fans of the 76 Hawaii Facebook and Twitter pages at facebook.com/76Hawaii and twitter.com/76Hawaii.

Ed’s Union 76
243 Lahainaluna Road
Lahaina, HI, 96761
(808) 661-3055