(Honolulu) — Hawaiian Electric Company is offering two new free guides: Ways to Save
at Work which lists easy-to-follow workplace tips for employees and Power to Save for
Small Business to help employers launch an energy-conservation program, including
estimated costs to operate common equipment and appliances.
The guides are available on-line at http://www.heco.com at Hawaiian Electric customer
service desks at 900 Richards St. and 820 Ward Ave., or by calling 543-7511. Guides
will also be available at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Hawaii Energy Efficiency
Program, Hawaii Women’s Business Center and Hawaii Small Business Development
Center Network offices in Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Kihei, Lihue and Honolulu.
The guides complement similar Hawaiian Electric guides for residential customers, but
are tailored to small business offices and commercial kitchens. Residential guides are
also available at heco.com and in hard copy from Hawaiian Electric.
The guides offer simple, straightforward tips for those too busy to spend hours doing
research or who are not ready to invest in a major energy consultation or audit.
Small commercial kitchens are included because they may be able to see significant
savings with a few changes. According to the National Restaurant Association,
commercial restaurants often use more than five times the energy per square foot than
other space in commercial buildings.
Small businesses nationally represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms and employ half
of all private sector employees. They have generated 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs
annually over the last decade. According to the State Department of Business,
Economic Development and Tourism, 52% of Hawaii’s businesses have fewer than five
employees and 94% have fewer than 50.
”Among the more surprising tips:”