Hawaii Home Energy Makeover

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaii's clean energy future starts at home. That's the lesson that a Kalihi family and a Nanakuli family learned when they took part in Blue Planet Foundation's first Hawaii Home Energy Makeover show last fall. In this season's episode, we revisit these two households to see how their savings added up. We also drop in on a couple in Waikiki to see what sorts of energy-efficient changes can be effective in apartment and condominium units. The unifying message for all these residents remains the same: small changes make a big difference.

"Simple home upgrades and lifestyle changes can translate into significant energy savings," says Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue Planet Foundation. "Blue Planet would like to show you just how easy it is to save money while doing your part to help Hawai'i achieve energy independence."

Also returning this year are co-hosts Billy V. and Donalyn Dela Cruz. They'll visit a variety of clean energy producers who are generating renewable energy from our abundant indigenous sources like sun, wind, and geothermal. Then they'll turn the spotlight on two organizations that demonstrate how energy efficiency in the workplace makes good business sense and contributes to the bottom line.

Can being energy efficient really be affordable, effective, and reap immediate savings? Moloka'i residents can attest to just how easy it is to screw in a light bulb. Over the summer, Blue Planet distributed over 36,000 CFL bulbs to community members, who used them to replace the energy-gobbling incandescent bulbs in their homes. We'll hear from residents who recognize the value in trimming energy consumption—not only to save on their electric bills, but to care for our shared island home.

The Hawai'i Home Energy Makeover 2 will first air on October 12, 2010, at 7pm on KGMB-9.

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