Average Fuel Use per person Annually

By 2030, reduce total annual fossil fuel use to below the 2008 level.

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.

Source: Hawaii Energy. Data is provided for Honolulu (HECO), Maui (MECO), and Hawai'i (HELCO) counties. Data for Kaua'i county (KIUC) is unavailable. Average energy usage and average billing amounts shown are for non-NEM residential customers only.

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

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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:

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Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
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Reduce inequality within and among countries
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Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
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Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development