Saving Energy Means Saving Money For Mililani Schools

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - July 01, 2009
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(back, from left) Mililani Mauka Elementary School teacher and Home Energy Challenge coordinator Dave Morishige, Hawaiian Electric executive vice president Robbie Alm, Mililani Mauka principal Carol Petersen, and (front, from left) Mililani Mauka students Conner Mark, Bryson Yoshimi, Amber Mirafuentes and Caden Morishige. Photos from HECO.

Mililani Mauka Elementary School students and their families did such a remarkable job reducing their electric usage that they earned first place - and $10,000 - in the Hawaiian Electric Home Energy Challenge for the second straight year.

“A repeat win is really remarkable,” said Ka’iulani de Silva, director of education and consumer affairs for HECO. “The students and their families had already done a great job at reducing their electric usage to win the grand prize last year. They had to work even harder to win again this year.”

Other thrifty contestants include third-place winner Mililani Ike Elementary ($5,000) and Mililani Uka Elementary.


For six months, beginning last October, participating elementary schools studied energy conservation and applied what they’d learned. With 1,386 families from 11 Island schools involved, the combined energy savings totaled $101,030, or an average household savings of $73.

Mililani Ike Elementary School students Brooke Yasuda, Kiersten Reyes, Alexander Rambaud and Landon Jennings.

To help with their efforts, HECO and the co-sponsoring DOE offered the students educational materials, hands-on displays, guest speakers, conservation workbooks and videos.

Applications for the 2009-2010 Home Energy Challenge will be sent out to all public elementary schools this summer. For more information, call Sam Nichols at 543-7534.

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