Energy Hogs

The recent humid weather in the islands have caused residents to seek a reprieve from the heat. Many opted to turn the air conditioning up, one of the factors that Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) believes contributed to the record levels of power consumption on Monday and Tuesday nights.

According to an article in the Honolulu Advertiser, HECO is urging residents to make an effort to conserve energy, else risk outages and rolling blackouts.

The article reports that a few of HECO generators are down for maintenance. If another generator were to go down or if demand continues to run high, we may find ourselves facing rolling blackouts. (Ouch, California, can you relate!?) As Hawai`i’s sole provider of electricity, will HECO be able to keep up with the growing population and increasing demand for power?

So, islanders, did you do your part to conserve energy today? Turn off the A/C — use a fan or open the window and let those tradewinds in!

4 Comments so far

  1. Linkmeister (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 10:59 pm

    You had tradewinds? ;)

  2. Donna (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 11:07 pm

    Touche, Linkmeister! Tradewinds are pretty light (to non-existent) this week. Perhaps this entry was borne out of jealousy, as one who doesn’t have the luxury of having A/C at home. ;) My Costco fans are doing a pretty good job, though!

  3. kane (unregistered) on October 14th, 2004 @ 7:35 pm

    I saw on the news where a guy was saying that he unplugs the television each night before the family goes to bed. He said they say $20 a month doing that. Who knew?

  4. Donna (unregistered) on October 14th, 2004 @ 8:53 pm

    In typical local style, I relate savings to the number of plate lunches you can buy. So, a $20 “4 plate lunch” savings just for unplugging the TV at night is pretty good!

    How many TV’s did this guy have, anyway? :p If you have 4 TV’s and unplug them all every night, will you save $80? 16 plate lunches!

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