Washington, DC — Hawaii’s state legislature approved a bill (HB556) this week that would adopt minimum efficiency standards for common household products including computers, faucets, and showerheads. Governor David Ige is expected to sign the bill into law, saving Hawaiians millions of dollars on their utility bills and billions of gallons of water annually.
Annie Gilleo, senior manager of state policy at ACEEE, said:
“This bill is huge for Hawaii. It is projected to save Hawaiians up to $38 million on their utility bills in 2025 and will reduce water consumption in the state by 1.5 billion gallons. As consumers purchase more efficient products, the year-over-year savings are projected to grow even more. By 2035, the savings are projected to reach more than $75 million and 3.2 billion gallons of water each year.”
The bill is based on standards set by the California Energy Commission (CEC), allowing Hawaii to use CEC’s database of existing, compliant products and expediting the standards’ rollout.