Big Business Education Events Hawaii Small BusinessWritten by Shara Enay On 29 June 2011

Kanu Hawaii will launch its first annual energy challenge in July. The month-long campaign challenges individuals and businesses to reduce their electric and gas bills by 25 percent and commit to permanent changes that will reduce their energy consumption and spending.

The challenge kicks off on Monday, July 4, with specific challenges for each week:

Week 1: Audit Challenge – Review your current energy use to establish a baseline and identify ways to change your consumption patterns.

Week 2: Appliance Challenge – Reduce energy use by household appliances.

Week 3: Transportation Challenge – Get out of the car and develop alternative routes and modes of transportation.

Week 4: Outreach Challenge – Share lessons learned and advocate for better energy policy.

The Energy Challenge campaign also includes events and workshops, as follows:

June 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m.: The iConserve rally at the state capitol will demonstrate how energy efficiency can improve the bottom line for businesses and households.

July 8, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Hawaii Clean Energy Day at the Laniakea YWCA will include local speakers and panels to discuss Hawaii’s clean-energy efforts.

July 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Screening of the film “Carbon Nation,” with a panel discussion in Luke Lecture Hall at Punahou School’s Wo International Center.

For unique energy-saving tips or to commit to the challenge, visit kanuhawaii.org/energy.

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Shara Enay

Shara Enay is a writer for Hawaii Business magazine. She is a graduate of Kaimuki High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, traveling and watching UH sports.

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