Living Akamai: Power Saving Tips

In this edition of Living Akamai, Kay Mukaigawa invites a special guest for a conversation about energy conservation just in time for the holiday season. Christy Tomas of Hawaiian Electric joined Kay to share energy-saving tips regarding phantom power and electricity usage.

“You may have heard us talk about different ways to save energy, but today we wanted to focus on the smart power strip – what it is, how it works and how it is easy to use. What people may not know is that many electronic devices consume power even when not in use. This is called l emergency power or phantom power,” explains Christy Tomas.

Much like the smart phone and smart TV, the smart power strip is a modern, convenient home that seeks to save a few bucks on the average person’s energy bill. The smart power strip combats phantom power by sensing when electronics or appliances are in sleep mode and interrupts sending electricity, minimizing a household’s energy consumption.

There are a wide variety of smart power strips available with different plug combinations, but the most common mentioned by Christy Tomas is the following; an “always on” outlet for things that need constant power, multiple “switched” outlets, and a “control” outlet that will control when the “switched” outlets turn on and off.

Smart power strips are available at most retail stores or local hardware stores. Hawaiʻi Energy also has an online marketplace that offers smart power strips along with a host of other energy-saving products and can be found at

Other energy-saving resources can be found on Hawaiian Electric’s My Energy Use portal. For more information visit, or call Engel & Völkers at 808-725-2000.