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Old 05-29-2013, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Naples & Sarasota Florida
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I am trying to find out the rates of electric on Maui and I am seeing conflicting rates from Maui Electric.

Could someone enlighten me so I can get an idea of what the bills run in Maui?

Here in Florida I have a 3,782 sq ft home and I use 1,526 kWh per month and my bill was $163. I am paying 12 cents per kWh. That is with me running 2 A/C units and we keep the house at 74. In the winter my bills are $68 a month.

BUT we make up for it with our $250 a month water bills. I am not sure how much water we are using (no bill to look at) but we conserve and only water our lawn for 15 minutes 2 X per week when it is dry season. We shut off water in shower when scrubbing, make sure dishwasher is loaded fully, have new appliances that use the least amount of water/elec. at possible. BUT this bill includes water, sewer and garbage.



Anyone care to share their info about their bills? Thanks
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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The cost per kilowatt hour of electricity on Maui is 38.71 cents. That's why a lot of us are going solar. Having a solar water heater is a good start if you can't afford to convert the whole house.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Kihei, Maui, HI
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I have a 2 bedroom, 1 ac units, electric water heater, no dishwasher/dryer, electric stove, and 2 fridges.
There are usually 2 tvs on most of the day. And while I'm there the computer/ac is on 24/7 for a good 1-2 days a week.
Electric water heater gets turned off once there's enough hot water for the day.

Watersewer is about 80/month
Trash is about 25/month
Last month I used about 700 KWH, my bill was 270.

This is for a home in Kihei.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Naples & Sarasota Florida
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Thanks Mitch That is not bad. I can handle that. I just didn't want to have a monster bill in my mailbox. When you say ac unit, do you mean window ac unit or central?
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Kihei, Maui, HI
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Its like one of those $150 window ac u.its for a room. 8000btu? I think? It wasn't the super cheap one and it want the expensive one either
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Naples & Sarasota Florida
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Oh OK. So then your bill is expensive. My house is a certified "Smart Home" so we have 2 central units but they are cheap to run. But my water is high and my taxes are horrible. ($7,500) Can you DM me? Thanks
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: not sure, but there's a hell of a lot of water around here!
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Oh OK. So then your bill is expensive. My house is a certified "Smart Home" so we have 2 central units but they are cheap to run. But my water is high and my taxes are horrible. ($7,500) Can you DM me? Thanks
Those two 'cheap to run' AC units are still going to cost about four times as much to run an hour on Maui, smart house or not.

Aloha
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Naples & Sarasota Florida
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Default Smart House, not so smart LOL

I'm sure that it will be more, a lot more. But I can deal with it. My house will be a lot smaller.

But look at my taxes now! They are horrible here and in Hawaii it is way less. I am sure it will balance out.

I looked it up and got a few different rates for Maui Electric so that was why I asked. .38 per kWh is super high but at least I know now and I can deal with it.

BTW, I always read your comments you write to everyone. You really are funny
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Florida Suncoast
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The cost per kilowatt hour of electricity on Maui is 38.71 cents. That's why a lot of us are going solar. Having a solar water heater is a good start if you can't afford to convert the whole house.
I've seen many solar panels with Google Earth looking at Hawaii. Although, I think I should be seeing many more since the price of electricity is so high, the 'payback' time should be pretty short. I also read an article that the power system cannot handle all the excess solar power being generated by residential and commercial systems. The people are forced to pay thousands of dollars for studies. I would guess that the utility companies don't like solar power and want to discourage residents from installing solar power.

I haven't seen many posts about solar power on the forum. I'm surprised that there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest. The article I read said the number of solar installations in Hawaii is doubling every year.
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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I would guess that the utility companies don't like solar power and want to discourage residents from installing solar power.
It's a complex issue, requiring a balance of competing interests and concerns. The power companies have huge investments in the current infrastructure, plus mandates to provide certain levels of service and financial return. Residential solar power reduces the need for institutional power generation during the day, when the sun is out, but at other times the utility must still be able to supply the community's needs using conventional methods.

And for consumers, getting a decent residential system installed might require an investment of $20,000, and still require a grid-tie to the utility for non-generating hours. Yes, there are various rebates and credits available that help accelerate the payback schedule, and there are also leased systems available, but it's still a non-trivial decision to add solar power to a house.

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I haven't seen many posts about solar power on the forum. I'm surprised that there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest. The article I read said the number of solar installations in Hawaii is doubling every year.
There may be more than you think... interest is definitely growing. I've found there's a technique to searching the archives here, since the thread names may not be very useful. For a general sweep like this I use the Advanced Search, type in the search term and any other parameters I want, then choose the Hawaii forum to search, checking "Search Child Forums" to include all the individual forums, and choose "Show Results as Posts." (not Threads). Doing this with the word Solar I just pulled up 662 references. That could keep you busy for a while.

Also, don't overlook solar water heating, which uses a different technology, but which greatly reduces the need for electricity or gas for a conventional heater. On the Big Island these are required for all new construction except in areas that don't get enough sun to be practical.
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