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 expected savings are notable: Based on the kilowatt-hour savings of the ENERGY STAR refrigerators measured and Molokai's electricity rate of $0.47 per kilowatt-hour, Hui Up participants will save an average of $500 a year on their electricity bills. Collectively over the next 10 years, the 220 Molokai Hui Up 3 participants will save more than $1.1 million in energy costs. Let's hear it for the power of community!
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