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Moloka‘i residents "hui up" to bring their energy costs down

on 22 July 2011.

For Immediate Release
July 22, 2011
CONTACT: Catharine Lo, 808-782-3733

Moloka‘i residents "hui up" to bring their energy costs down

Sixty households will pick up brand new ENERGY STAR refrigerators on Tuesday

HONOLULU—Replacing an old refrigerator with an energy-efficient model can reduce their electricity bills by as much as $500 a year, Moloka‘i residents are about to discover. On Tuesday, the first participants in the “Hui Up!” program orchestrated by Blue Planet Foundation and Sust‘AINAble Moloka‘i will pick up their brand new ENERGY STAR refrigerators at Kaunakakai Regional Park.
WHAT:     Hui Up! Refrigerator Pick-Up Day
WHERE:   Kaunakakai Regional Park, Kaunakakai, Moloka‘i
WHEN:    Tuesday, July 26 from 8am to 7pm
Through Hui Up!, Moloka‘i residents had the opportunity to trade in their old refrigerators for ENERGY STAR models at a significantly discounted volume purchase price negotiated by Blue Planet. These first 60 households may save as much as $150,000 in energy costs collectively over the next five years.
Hui Up Fridge and Belkin Energy MonitorEach Hui Up! participant also receives a Belkin Conserve Insight Energy Use Monitor that contributes to the program’s educational component. Blue Planet and Kuha‘o Business Center hosted three training sessions on Moloka‘i to teach students how to assess household energy use. Under the guidance of Sust‘AINAble Moloka‘i, working with Alu Like’s Hoala Hou program, students then measured the energy consumption of the old refrigerators in Hui Up! homes. They will return in Oct ober to assess the difference with the new refrigerators.
The group buy is a continuation of the community-driven energy efficiency initiative that Blue Planet launched in 2010, during which island residents successfully replaced 36,000 incandescent bulbs with CFLs. The campaign saves the community $6.5 million over the bulbs’ lifetimes, simultaneously displacing 24,000 barrels of oil and 16,000 tons of carbon pollution.
Hui Up! is made possible by program partners Hawaii Energy, State of Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) State Energy Office, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)funds, Servco Home and Appliance Distribution, and Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. Special thanks to Makoa Trucking for delivery and pick-up services.
High-resolution photos and B-roll will be available Tuesday, July 26 at 3pm. Please contact Catharine Lo at 808-782-3733 or [email protected].


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