Hawaii Energy offers relief for small businesses with Energy Advantage Program

One local business reduced its electric bill $11,800 per year!

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Its no secret that many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat during this pandemic. That’s why Hawaii Energy is providing free energy efficient lighting upgrades to qualifying small businesses with its Energy Advantage program.

“Many small businesses are reporting record low sales, but costs haven’t fallen proportionally,” says Ramsey Brown with Hawaii Energy. “Fixed and operating costs are piling up, and it’s important for them to cut costs to recover. Energy efficiency is a great way to cut back on energy usage and reduce those operational expenses.”

Since it can be costly to make energy-efficient upgrades, especially during this time, Hawaii Energy has decided to make its Energy Advantage program for small businesses completely free. The program is a special offering that helps small businesses, restaurants, and select affordable multifamily housing properties upgrade to energy-efficient lighting that will save energy and lower their electric bills.

Businesses participating in the Energy Advantage program have completed a wide range of lighting upgrades. Hawaii Energy’s participating contractors are well-versed in replacing both interior and exterior lighting to improve energy costs, safety, and ambiance. Lighting projects are easy to complete and can often be finished in just a few days, but they’ll still save businesses a lot of energy.

One customer, Da Spot, decided to switch all its first and second floor lighting to LEDs. The business upgraded everything from signage, dining rooms, kitchen, storage and food prep, reducing its electric bill $11,800 per year!

Small businesses looking for more information on the program can visit hawaiienergy.com/energyadvantage or reach out to Energy Advantage Advisor Rachel Fukumoto at fukumotor@leidos.com with any questions.

If any small business wanted to go above and beyond a lighting upgrade, Hawaii Energy also has an Energy Relief Grant available, which covers 100 percent of project costs up to $25,000 for energy efficiency projects.  For more information on that, check out hawaiienergy.com/grant.

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