July 1, 2013
Contact: Emillia Noordhoek, Sust‘AINAble Molokai, 808-560-5410
KAUNAKAKAI—Sust‘AINAble Molokai in partnership with the Blue Planet Foundation
and Hawaii Energy
are happy to announce the return of the HUI UP! Appliance Exchange Program. Qualified applicants will have the opportunity to purchase a new 18.2 cu. ft. energy-efficient refrigerator for $250. By replacing old, inefficient refrigerators, these ENERGY STAR models can save households as much as $500 a year. By using less energy, residents will also reduce their carbon footprint along with their electricity bills.
In 2011 Sust‘AINAble Molokai, Blue Planet Foundation, and Hawaii Energy teamed up to exchange 144 old refrigerators for new energy-efficient refrigerators. The financial savings over the lifetimes of the iceboxes is estimated to be $849,000. Sust‘AINAble Molokai is eager to bring energy savings to even more homes this year, so interested residents are encouraged to sign up right away!
In order to qualify, applicants must be Molokai residents and Maui Electric Company ratepayers. Participants will be asked to show proof of a residential MECO account and an old refrigerator in working order. Participants should also be motivated to lower their energy consumption and do their part to lessen our dependence on imported fossil fuel.
The Sust‘AINAble Molokai Youth Energy Team will be leading the charge, providing home energy assessments that can help residents identify opportunities to save energy. Their home visits will share information about phantom loads and energy-hogging appliances, and they will calculate the projected savings (measured in dollars, pounds of carbon dioxide, and kilowatt hours consumed) from the replacement of the old refrigerators.
Applications are available at Sust ‘AINAble Molokai and the Kuha‘o Business Center. Interested residents can also call the Sust‘AINAble Molokai office at 808-560-5410 for more information or to have an application mailed.
Sust‘AINAble Molokai, Blue Planet Foundation, and Hawaii Energy wish to thank the Moloka‘i community for its strong support in making the past rounds of Hui Up! a great success and encourage residents to continue serving as Hawai‘i leaders in reducing household energy consumption.
Funded by Hawaii Energy, Hui Up! helps eliminate prohibitive upfront costs and enables Molokai residents to enjoy the benefits of clean energy. An energy education component is also an important piece of the Hui Up program. The Sust’AINAble Molokai Youth Energy Team visits participating homes and calculates the energy use, cost, and carbon impact of various appliances. In the process, they help residents identify opportunities to cut waste and save energy. After the new refrigerators are installed, the students return to measure the change in energy consumption. The expect savings are notable: Based on the kilowatt-hour savings of the ENERGY STAR refrigerators and Molokai’s electricity rate of $0.46 per kilowatt-hour, Hui Up participants stand to save an average of $374 a year on their electricity bills. Collectively over the next 10 years, the 144 Molokai Hui Up participants who participated in the first round of Hui Up in 2011 will benefit from $540,000 in energy savings, displacing 727 barrels of oil and 2 million pounds of CO2 emissions. Let’s hear it for the power of community!