Average Fuel Use Per Person Annually
Hawaii's isolated location in the Pacific Ocean requires unique energy infrastructure. According to the Energy Information Administration, in recent years more than one-tenth of Hawaii's gross domestic product has been spent on energy, mostly from imported crude oil and petroleum products. By investing in renewable energy and efficiency in Hawaii, we can keep more money in our state—and in our own wallets.
Figure 1: Dollars spent on petroleum per person total and specifically for electricity.
Source: Hawaii Energy. Data is provided by Energy Information Administration and U.S. Census
Average Energy Use Per Household
Figure 2: The above graph shows the amount of electricity each household in Hawaii uses per month with and without Net Energy Metering (NEM). Each plot represents the monthly average for that year. Note that one kilowatt-hour of electricity is enough to watch TV for 10 hours or to cook breakfast for a family of four.
Source: Hawaii Energy
This is for residential customers (Schedule R), representing only Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii Counties. These NEM energy values are unusually high since these calculations do not include the exact month of NEM installation and could only be representing less than half of the year. With a full year of renewable energy generation, net energy use has the potential to go down to zero.
Figure 3: Map of Overall Energy Use by Zip Code.
The colors currently show overall energy use by zip code where red indicates the highest energy use areas and the green the lowest. Red = Top 10, Orange = 11 - 20, Light Green = 21 - 30, Gray = no data available, Dark Green = all others.
Average Energy Use Per Household by County
Figures 4, 5 & 6: Graphs on Average Energy Use per Household are based on Schedule R residential meter data from Hawaii Energy for counties under the service of Hawaii Electric Industries Inc. (including Maui, Honolulu, and Hawaii). These graphs show the comparison between residences in Hawaii with NEM (Net Energy Metering) and those without. NEM connects renewable energy systems (solar, wind, biomass, hydro, or hybrid system) to the grid to offset electricity purchases. These NEM energy values are unusually high since these calculations do not include the exact month of NEM installation and could only be representing less than half of the year. With a full year of renewable energy generation, net energy use has the potential to go down to zero.
Source: Hawaii Energy
Learn More and Make a Difference
What You Can Do
We can all make a difference to preserve our precious environment, save energy and also money. The following organizations provide various programs and opportunities for reducing our energy use:
- The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) publishes monthly energy data reports.
- Blue Planet Foundation’s annual energy report card presents a big-picture assessment of Hawaii’s progress toward energy independence with 100 percent clean energy.
- The Hawaii Energy Policy Forum provides an ongoing clean energy status report, which summarizes Hawaii’s progress towards its clean energy goals.