How You Can Help

Most people in Hawaii share a concern about our dependency on imported fossil fuel -- mostly imported oil and some coal - with the economic, security and environmental vulnerability it brings. The Hawaiian Electric Companies, in partnership with many others, are pursuing environmentally-friendly ways to reduce oil dependency, increase energy security and reduce our global climate change impact. It will take all of us working together.

What can you do to help?

Use Energy Wisely

Without spending much money, you can do many simple things every day to reduce the demand for electricity. You and your family can save money; it will help the environment; and it will reduce or delay the need to build more electric generation.

Learn more about ways you can save money by using energy wisely.

Hawaii Energy offers tips as well as rebates on appliances and other energy efficient equipment.

Support Smart Power for Schools

Smart Power for Schools is an educational demonstration program initiated in July 2015 to teach students and the community about emerging renewable energy technologies, energy management tools, and equipment that will help integrate renewable energy into a modern electric grid. Smart Power for Schools succeeded the Sun Power for Schools program, which began in 1996.

The Hawaiian Electric companies' Sun Power for Schools provided over two dozen public high schools and intermediate schools in Hawaii grid-connected, photovoltaic (PV) electric systems or PV outdoor lighting system installed. The program was made possible by the financial support of individual customers who become partners with participating schools, the Hawaii Department of Education, and the Hawaiian Electric Companies which provided financial and in-kind support.

In addition to supplying a small amount of free energy for these schools, these solar installations create the opportunity for students to learn about the production of solar energy. A guide to support this learning is provided to teachers by the Hawaiian Electric Companies.

Learn More

Hawaiian Electric Company offers a lot of helpful energy saving tools.

  • Access an online home energy check, an Energy Savings Toolkit for residential customers, Energy Conservation Kits for businesses and more.
  • Hawaiian Electric has a School Speakers Bureau that conducts presentations for grades kindergarten to 12. Subjects include careers in the electrical industry, basic electricity, electrical safety, energy conservation, Hawaii’s clean energy future and renewable energy. Click here for more information on the types of presentations available and to inquire about availability.
  • The Hawaiian Electric lending library includes over 100 educational booklet titles to supplement educators’ curriculum. Teachers may order booklets for their entire class. The library also includes educational DVDs that may be borrowed for 2 weeks. Click here to visit the Teachers Energy Resource Center.

Other Resources

The Hawaii Public Library System has an excellent collection of energy-related books for readers of all ages, as does any bookstore. Many local and national magazines have green editions or tips in every issue. These include Hawaii Home & Remodeling, Green Hawaii and HomeScapes locally and Yes!; Ode; Mother Earth News and Co-op America Quarterly nationally. Many websites offer clean energy tips. A good place to start is the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website. The Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism's Renewable Energy learning site also offers a lot.  And Hawaii Energy offers rebates and incentives for qualified equipment to help customers save money on their electric bills and reduce our state's dependence on imported oil.