Inaugural National Energy Efficiency Day Celebrated

50th State Leads Charge as Governor Ige Proclaims Energy Efficiency Day in Hawai‘i

October 4, 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Marvin Buenconsejo, (808) 848-8567

O‘AHU, HAWAI‘I – On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, clean energy-related organizations and partners across America will rally together to promote the importance of generating energy savings on the inaugural “Energy Efficiency Day.”

The State of Hawai‘i is leading the charge as Governor David Ige has also officially proclaimed October 5th “Energy Efficiency Day in Hawai‘i.”

“Our state continues to serve as a national leader in implementing clean energy policies and programs, which in turn helps boost economic opportunities and job creation while continuing to move toward a sustainable Hawai‘i,” Governor Ige stated in his proclamation. “Together, the people of Hawai‘i can continue to contribute to our state’s sustainability efforts by learning more about energy efficiency and practicing energy conservation in their daily lives.”

“When you save energy, you save money. ‘Energy Efficiency Day in Hawai‘i’ encourages all of us to be smarter about the way we manage our energy use, while dropping wasteful habits. Energy efficiency is the cleanest, fastest and cheapest approach to meeting our state’s energy needs and protecting our environment,” explained Brian Kealoha, Hawai’i Energy Executive Director. “Using LED light bulbs, plugging your electronic devices into smart power strips and turning off the lights when you leave a room are simple steps that can make all the difference. The most efficient source of energy is the one you never have to use.”

October is National Energy Awareness Month, which emphasizes the important role energy plays in our country’s prosperity, security and environmental well-being.

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Front row L-to-R: Senator Lorraine Inouye, Senate Transportation and Energy Committee Chair, Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Commissioner Lorraine Akiba, Brian Kealoha, Hawai’i Energy Executive Director, Governor David Ige, Luis Salaveria, Director of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT), PUC Commissioner Thomas Gorak.

About Hawai‘i Energy
Hawai‘i Energy is the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering, LLC under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawai‘i, Lana‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i and O‘ahu. Hawai‘i Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment. In addition to rebates, the Program offers education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures. For more information, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com.