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Hilo, Hawaii, on the “Big Island” is a beautiful truly Hawaiian town at the base of 13,796 foot Mauna Kea – home of 13 telescopes (Yes, the mountain is snow-covered in the winter – but it’s always warm in Hilo!)
Leslie & Jo Hittner
In March 2014, we visited the Big Island for one day. We loved it. In particular, we fell in Love with Hilo. We returned for two weeks that following December/January. We needed to be sure. We were. By the end of January 2015, we were the happy owners of a townhome in Hilo. We now continue a decision we made long ago: to use energy as wisely as possible. We continue our goal of reducing our “carbon footprint.” Below are the initiatives that we have implemented in Hilo.
Green Lighting – LEDs
All of the lights in our townhome have been replaced with LEDs. We found a great line of inexpensive LED bulbs at Home Depot that are not dimmable and offer the maximum in savings. We have one dimmable LED bulb in the light fixture above the dining room table.
Green Transportation – Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford Escape hybrid in 2010 and moved it to Hilo in August 2015. The hybrid system is the same as that used in the Toyota vehicles. The Escape averages 35 mpg but in Hawaii, where the speed limits are generally 55 mph or less, we expect to average 38 mpg.
The best single tank mileage we have achieved is 40 mpg.