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!
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