H AWA I I A N E L E C T R I C C O M PA N Y CONSUMER LINES VOLUME XXXII • NO. 9 • SEPTEMBER 2013 How old is your refrigerator? It could be costing you more than you think. I f your refrigerator is 20 years old or older, it’s using a lot of energy to operate—and wasting money. In fact, it’s using more than twice the amount of energy that a new ENERGY STAR-qualified model uses, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Recent improvements in insulation and compressors have contributed greatly to increased energy efficiency. the CFCs are not released into the atmosphere. Contact Hawaii Energy to have your old refrigerator picked up and recycled. Also ask about the rebate on the purchase of a new ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerator. For details call 537-5577 or go to www.hawaiienergy.com. Since refrigerators first became eligible for the ENERGY STAR label in 1996, qualification requirements have gradually increased. As of May 2008, qualifying refrigerators must be 20 percent more efficient than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption. 4 Purchase an ENERGY STARqualified model. 4 Check the yellow EnergyGuide label to determine the model’s energy use, compare the energy use of similar models, and estimate annual operating costs. 4 Consider buying a refrigerator with a top-mounted freezer, which uses 10 to 25 percent less energy than bottom-mounted or side-by-side models. 4 Purchase an appropriately sized refrigerator for your needs. The most-energy-efficient models typically have a volume of 16 to 20 cubic feet. 7490 HELCO 4 Consider skipping the ice maker and dispenser. Automatic ice makers and through-the- door dispensers increase energy use by 14 to 20 percent. They also raise the purchase price. If your refrigerator was manufactured before 1993, you should consider recycling it. The refrigerant and insulation in older refrigerators may contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are chemicals that deplete the ozone. CFCs were officially phased out in 1996. The materials containing CFCs are now required to be recycled so that For a list of the most-efficient refrigerators, go to www.energystar.gov. What’s in a window? Energy savings, if you have the right window! Advanced technologies in window construction can go a long way in reducing unwanted heat gain and loss inside your home. ENERGY STAR-qualified windows are built with features such as invisible glass coatings, vacuum-sealed spaces filled with inert gas between two panes of glass, improved framing materials, better weather stripping, and warm-edge spacers. Here is some advice on buying a new refrigerator: By installing more-efficient windows, you can use less energy and save money. If you heat or air-condition your home, ENERGY STAR-qualified windows can reduce energy bills 7 to 24 percent compared to nonqualified typical windows. During colder nights, the interior glass of qualified windows stays warmer compared to typical windows. During hot summer days, qualified windows reduce the transfer of heat into your home, without reducing visible light. And they’re tailored for several climate zones. As an added benefit, the window coating that keeps the heat out also keeps out harmful ultraviolet light, which, after repeated direct exposure, can cause fading or discoloration of wood floors, photographs, artwork, and furnishings. Get more information at www.energystar.gov. P R O D U C E D F O R C U S T O M E R S O F : H AWA I I A N E L E C T R I C C O M PA N Y • M A U I E L E C T R I C C O M PA N Y • H AWA I I E L E C T R I C L I G H T C O M PA N Y C O N S U M E R L I N E S • P. O . B O X 2 7 5 0 • H O N O L U L U , H AWA I I 9 6 8 4 0 • T E L E P H O N E : 5 4 3 - 5 6 7 0 • H T T P : / / W W W. H E C O . C O M Join us at the Clean Energy Fair Na Hoku Hanohano awardwinning artist Weldon Kekauoha will be the headline entertainer at the 2013 Clean Energy Fair presented by Hawaiian Electric on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at a new location— Kahala Mall, near Macy’s wing. The free event kicks off Energy Awareness Month and celebrates the efforts and accomplishments by many organizations across the state to achieve a sustainable, clean energy future for Hawaii. Stop by our booth and visit with other utilities and organizations, including the Board of Water Supply; Department of Business, Economic Enjoy the live music and a local keiki hula performance by Ka Development, and Tourism; Hawaii Hale I o Kahala Halau. You can Energy; Hawaii Gas; and the Hawaii also participate in energy-related Nature Center. Learn what can be games and activities, watch a spedone to conserve our precious cial performance by Mad Science island resources, use energy wisely, of Hawaii, and enter a drawing and support clean energy initiatives. to win a solar-powered backup generator or mini Apple iPad® device. You’re also Award-winning invited to check out an artist Weldon electric vehicle display Kekauoha will and find out about jobs entertain at the and career opportunities Clean Energy at Hawaiian Electric. Fair, on Saturday, Oct. 5, near Macy’s wing at Kahala Mall. For more information, call 543-7511 or visit www. hawaiianelectric.com. We hope to see you at the Clean Energy Fair! Look for an efficient air purifier An air purifier is a portable, electric appliance that removes fine particles, such as dust and pollen, from indoor air. Operating continuously, a standard air purifier uses 550 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. To purchase a more-efficient air purifier, look for one that has qualified for the federal ENERGY STAR program. These models are 40 percent more energy efficient than standard models, saving you about $73 per year. While the ENERGY STAR program rates the energy efficiency of air purifiers, it does not endorse any manufacturer’s claims of healthier indoor air from the use of the product. Keep these tips in mind when buying an air purifier: Look for an ENERGY STAR-qualified model. Size the air purifier to the square footage of the room where it will be used. The larger the air purifier, the more energy it uses, so don’t buy a larger model than you need. Read the product manual’s instructions on where to place the air purifier to achieve the best performance. While many models are designed to sit on the floor, tabletop and wall-mounted models are also available. Understand the air purifier’s clean air delivery rate (CADR). It measures how quickly the air purifier delivers contaminant-free air and it can be used to measure the model’s performance. The higher the CADR, the more quickly the air purifier filters the air. RECIPE OF THE MONTH Frozen PB&J Yogurt Sandwich 18 graham cracker squares (rectangles, halved) 2 cups fresh local strawberries, stems removed and halved 1 1/2 cups vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt 1 1/2 cups thawed frozen reduced-fat whipped topping 5 tablespoons natural peanut or almond butter (no sugar or salt added) 3/4 cup thinly sliced bananas (optional) Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang5125 on two ends. Pulse strawberries in blender until well blended, making a puree. Pour puree into medium bowl; stir in yogurt and whipped topping. Spread mixture evenly in pan, cover, and freeze until firm, about 4 hours. To prepare graham crackers, spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons peanut butter on each of 9 graham crackers, then place the bananas on top. Remove pan from freezer. Holding foil, lift frozen yogurt from pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into nine even squares. For each sandwich, remove a square from the foil and place on top of bananacovered cracker, then top with a plain graham cracker. Wrap sandwiches individually, or place in a covered container, and freeze until ready to serve (up to 3 days). Recipe makes 9 servings.
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