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Cool tips for a hot summer from Hawaiian Electric

According to early weather predictions for El Niño conditions, it may be a long hot summer here in Hawaiʻi and that will likely cause a spike in air conditioning use. To help island residents and businesses manage electricity use while staying cool and comfortable, Hawaiian Electric is offering its free Cool Tips for Home and Work brochure starting in July.

The colorful booklet is available on the company website,, at its Customer Service Centers at 1001 Bishop Street -- Lobby and 820 Ward Avenue, and at all eight City Mill locations across Oʻahu. To request a copy by mail, please call 543-7511.

Aiea resident Jacob Uyeno, five years old, has his own ideas for enjoying summer and staying cool. For ways to conserve energy, manage electricity use and keep cool without sacrificing comfort, pick up a free copy of Hawaiian Electric Company's Cool Tips for Home and Work.

Click here to download online version.

When temperatures soar coupled with humidity, there's a natural tendency to turn on the air conditioning," said Kaʻiulani de Silva, Hawaiian Electric director of education and consumer affairs. "But doing little things like running ceiling fans or opening windows to let in the trade winds can go a long way to having a cool summer while conserving energy and controlling energy bills," said de Silva.

One company investing in energy efficiency measures is Kāhi Mōhala, the not-for-profit psychiatric hospital in West Oʻahu, which received a grant from Hawaiian Electric to help implement its "Cool Down Kāhi" Energy Efficiency Project. Temperatures in the facility's patient unit common areas can run in the upper 80s to 90 degrees during the summer and the impact on patients and hospital staff range from reduced energy and more irritability to frequent headaches and fatigue. Because air conditioning would be cost prohibitive, the facility will be replacing existing fans with new multi-blade overhead fans that are more efficient in distributing air flow, thus reducing the temperatures in the facility common areas. In addition, window tinting will help to reduce the sun's rays and incoming heat.

For homeowners and businesses, summer is the time to take advantage of sales at hardware stores and replace cooling systems that are more than 10 years old with an ENERGY STAR® qualified system. The ENERGY STAR label means the equipment has met strict energy efficiency guidelines. If sized and installed correctly, and supported by a properly sealed duct system, ENERGY STAR cooling equipment can save up to 20 percent on annual energy costs and will use 25 to 40 percent less energy than a new conventional system, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"Certainly, if you're going to use an air conditioning, schedule maintenance checks to ensure the system is working safely and efficiently," added de Silva. "Clean or change the filter, too, at least once a month."

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Cool Tips for your home and office will raise your 'cool IQ' so you can stay comfortable and conserve energy at home and at work during the hottest times of the year.

For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.


Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.
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