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Going Green in Hawaii on a Budget

Photo courtesy of Stephen Velasco on Flickr.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Velasco on Flickr.

There are certain aspects of going green that are an investment, like installing a photovoltaic system. It takes financial resources, planning and the help of trusted professionals in the electric and photovoltaic business in Hawaii. But going green and doing your part to help preserve and save the environment doesn’t have to be expensive or a huge upfront cost.

As you prepare and save for something a little grander, like electrical upgrades or a PV system, there are little ways to make a big impact that won’t put a dent in your bank account.

CFL or LED Light Bulbs

Replacing all of your old light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs will not only help you save the environment but on energy costs as well. Depending on the brand and size, most CFL and LED light bulbs have a lifespan of anywhere from 6,000 to 25,000 hours; whereas a typical incandescent bulb is only good for 1,000 hours.

All of those hours count when it comes to cost. The Simple Dollar did an analysis of the cost per lifespan of incandescent and CFL bulbs, and the results were very surprising. They compared the lifespan of incandescent bulbs to that of one CFL, which cost $7.82 to run for the same length of time, and found that regular, 60-watt bulbs cost $187.62 over the lifespan of a CFL.

Homeowners wanting to go green in Hawaii will find that there are plenty of options when it comes to CFL and LED lights as well. They come in many shapes and sizes and can also be customized with features like dimmers.

ENERGY STAR

On your quest for energy efficient light bulbs in Hawaii, you’ll find many come with the ENERGY STAR symbol and guarantee. Their products promise to have a minimal impact on the environment while producing maximum results for you. Essentially, with ENERGY STAR products, you will hardly see a difference between the light bulbs, appliances and other electric products that you used in the past.

With the range in products, it’s easy to go green on a budget. In addition to light bulbs, ENERGY STAR produces office equipment, water heaters, battery chargers and pool pumps. For those with more of a middle-range budget, ENERGY STAR also has energy efficient options for heating and cooling as well as kitchen, laundry and other cleaning appliances.

Like CFL and LED light bulbs, ENERGY STAR products will help you save on energy costs. Not to mention, if you happen to have a larger budget, energy efficient upgrades to your windows and doors, HVAC, water heaters and other residential products or systems qualify homeowners in Hawaii for federal tax credits.

As you can see, going green doesn’t have to be an expensive venture. As you save to make some of the more costly investments in your home, you can decrease your carbon footprint as well as your energy costs with something as simple as a light bulb.