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Whether you’ve jumped head first into the inaugural Kanu Energy Challenge (or gingerly dipped your toe into the water) we want to help you understand your current energy consumption. As with many things in life, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.
Since most of us don’t own a home energy monitor or smart meter, the Hawaiian Electric Company has taken the guess work out of determining which online home energy audit tools have proved to be the most accurate and user friendly. The two recommended sites make it (somewhat) painless to achieve a good level of understanding of your total home energy consumption – the more details you provide, the more accurate the calculations will be (and the more accurate you are, the more time it takes, thus the somewhat painless comment).
Go ahead and click on one of the two links below and take the first step in understanding your energy consumption – knowing is half the battle! And it really isn’t that hard. In fact, once you start getting into it, it can actually be, dare I say, fun?!
Home Energy Saver Program (from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).
Hohm Program (from Microsoft).
Both allow you to input either a more general information approach (gives you only a broad understanding), or take a much more detailed input method, which really digs into your individual energy-consuming habits.
Both also make it fun to compare it to others in your area. Or, you can even “compete” against your friends, family members and co-workers.
Speaking of competition, by formally becoming an Energy Challenge participant you are entered to win a free solar hot water system, whole-house lighting retrofit or City Mill gift cards. Learn more about the prizes and competition rules here.
Have fun with the home energy audit!
And we look forward to hearing about your successes (and mishaps!) throughout the Energy Challenge.
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