By Nina Wu
Get ready for the iConserve Rally, which is happening at noon at the Capitol Rotunda today (Wednesday, June 29).
The rally encourages state employees to save energy at state offices as Hawaii competes with other states in a national competition sponsored by the EPA. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will launch the campaign. The public is welcome to join — there will be gadget giveaways (including CFLs and LEDs).
Jeff Mikulina from the Blue Planet Foundation, Earthjustice attorney Isaac Moriwake, DBEDT Energy Office's Mark Glick and singer Simone Cole will entertain as Jive Nene (a new band).
Other organizations that will be on hand include Hawaii Energy, the labor department's Workforce Development, the Hawaii Solar Energy Association, HECO, Kanu Hawaii, the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, KUPU/RISE, Noresco and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Some easy tips for saving energy in the office:
>> Turn off the lights (which account for 25 to 40 percent of an office building's use).
>> Hibernate or shut down your computer at the end of the day. This could save the state approximately $6,675.
>> Turn off power strips, unplug chargers and remove personal appliances (like mini-fridges).
>> Shut the doors (open doors allow precious air conditioning to escape while closing doors could save the state up to $5,500 annually per door).
The EPA is hosting a national competition to see which commercial buildings are the most energy-efficient. You can learn more at www.noresco.com/hi.