Our Hui Up! appliance exchange program helped make clean energy accessible and affordable to local communities. Between 2011 and 2014, we replaced 394 old, inefficient refrigerators on Molokai and Lanai with new, high-efficiency models, saving families $500 a year on their electricity bills.
Blue Planet launched the Hui Up! appliance trade-up program in 2011 to bring energy efficiency solutions to residents in smaller neighbor island communities, where buying a new appliance is neither cheap nor convenient. Recognizing this difficulty, Blue Planet designed a solution to address the barriers of prohibitive upfront costs and accessibility. The low-cost program was made possible by multiplying the power of community with the economics of volume purchasing. Residents joined forces to make a volume purchase of new refrigerators, enabling them to each purchase an individual unit for considerably less than retail prices. Pick-up of the old refrigerators, recycling, and home delivery was included as part of the program.
Hui Up! was a partnership with Hawaii Energy, Sust‘AINAble Molokai, Sears, and others, and included an educational component that helped turn awareness into action. The Sust‘AINAble Molokai Youth Energy Team visited participating homes and calculated the energy use, cost, and carbon impact of various appliances. In the process, they helped residents identify opportunities to cut waste and save energy. After the new refrigerators were installed, the students returned to measure the change in energy consumption.