HONOLULU – Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, is re-launching its “Solar Water Heating Tune-Up” (Tune-Up) rebate of $150 due to high demand.
Last year, Hawaii Energy provided 826 Tune-Up rebates to residents totaling $123,900 during the four-month limited-time offer.
The Tune-Up rebate is valid from January 5 through May 31, 2015, or while funding lasts. Residential electric ratepayers on Hawaii Island, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu are eligible. However, those that received a Tune-Up rebate last year are not able to participate.
In order to qualify for the rebate, systems must be at least three years old and the tune-up must be performed by a Hawaii Energy Participating Contractor. The cost of a tune-up typically ranges between $300 and $500 (not including the rebate). Hawaii Energy also offers a $1,000 instant rebate when purchasing a solar water heating system. To find a participating contractor and schedule a tune-up, visit www.hawaiienergy.com/tune-up or call Hawaii Energy at (808) 537-5577 or toll-free (877) 231-8222.
Solar water heaters require maintenance every three to five years to check and repair normal wear and tear that may include leaks, corrosion or pump failure. A properly maintained solar water heater can last 15 years or more.
“We received numerous requests for Hawaii Energy to bring this rebate back since it really helps offset the cost of maintenance,” explained Caroline Carl, Residential & Transformational Program Director, Hawaii Energy. “A solar water heater is a major energy-saving investment that should be maintained to ensure it’ll last for years to come.”
Households that replace their traditional electric water heater with a solar water heater typically save between 25 and 40 percent on their electric bill. However, without regular maintenance these savings can gradually diminish.