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Honolulu takes a big step towards reaching renewable energy goals

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The city alongside Hawaii Energy has launched a program to increase the energy efficiency of thousands of rental units in Downtown Honolulu.

Through a program called Energy Smart 4 Homes, units in 11 city-owned properties will be retrofitted with more efficient shower heads, faucets, and lighting.

Residents could see savings of up to $160 a year, and its expected to save tax payers $120,000 annually.

Marin Tower was the first building to kick off the program.

"Energy efficiency programs like these will go a long way to achieve our renewable energy goals and directly combat climate change," PUC Chairman Randy Iwase said.

Honolulu has a goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2045. 

“It’s a priority of Hawaii Energy to make energy efficiency available to every person in our island state. Participants of the Energy Smart 4 Homes program receive help from trained professionals who install energy-efficient equipment in their units with the goal of improving the place they call home,” Hawaii Energy Executive Director Brian Kealoha said.

Mayor Caldwell was also on hand for the launch of the program. 

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