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Twelve Holiday Lighting Tips from Hawaiian Electric

  • Holiday Recipe from Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)

    A holiday recipe from Hawaiian Electric Company. A message for readers, from Hawaiian Electric Company Celebrate this holiday season with timeless traditions and cherish the festive, sweet memories throughout the New Year!
Hawaiian Electric has some tips for holiday lighting to help you and your family use energy efficiently and have a safe holiday.

  1. 1. Buy holiday lights certified as safe by an independent testing lab, such as UL or ETL.
  2. 2. Choose light strands that use LED bulbs or mini lights to reduce electricity use.
  3. 3. Check light strands for frayed wires, damaged sockets, cracked insulation, or loose connections, and replace defective strands.
  4. 4. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for the number of light strings that can be safely connected together.
  5. 5. Do not overload extension cords.
  6. 6. Do not use staples or nails to hang light strands and do not string them on metal rain gutters, metal railings, or chain link fences.
  7. 7. Outdoors, only use light strands and extension cords that are rated for outdoor use.
  8. 8. Outdoors, waterproof exposed electrical connections with electrical tape and keep the connections off the ground.
  9. 9. When hanging lights outdoors, keep yourself and your ladder at least ten feet away from power lines.
  10. 10. Plug outdoor electric displays and light strings into an outlet having a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  11. 11. Turn off or unplug light strands before leaving home or going to bed.
  12. 12. After the holidays, store lights properly so they do not crimp and tangle. This also makes it makes it easier for you to use them the following year.

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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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