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Wanted: Energy Hogs

October 27, 2011
The Maui Weekly

Bounty program offers cash, free hauling and recycling for old refrigerators and freezers.

Hawai'i Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program, wants to help residents achieve energy savings in their homes by incentivizing them to turn in old refrigerators and freezers, and use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).

Hawai'i Energy will pick up and recycle old working refrigerators or freezers for free and pay cash for eliminating those old units. O'ahu households will receive $25, and Maui and Hawai'i Island households will get $65.

Those old "energy hogs" cost households $380 a year in energy costs on O'ahu, $420 on Maui and $490 on Hawai'i Island. (Costs are based on September 2011 effective electric rates and may vary depending on the age and condition of the appliance.)

This offer is coming soon to Moloka'i and Lana'i.

The goal of the Bounty Program is to eliminate old, inefficient refrigerators or freezers. Twenty-year-old refrigerators can use two to three times more electricity than new ENERGY STAR models.

"Many homes have older refrigerators in their garage using up a lot of electricity. It takes a lot of effort to properly dispose of these appliances, which are costing hundreds of dollars to operate every year," said Ray Starling, Hawaii Energy Program manager. "Our Bounty Program makes it easy, and incentivizes electric utility customers to surrender old, but operational refrigerators and freezers to save money, and contribute to reducing Hawaii's dependence on imported oil. All that people need to do is call us, and we take care of the rest."

To participate in the Bounty Program on Maui and Hawai'i Island, call (877) 231-8222 toll free. On O'ahu, call 537-5577.

The Bounty Program is offered through June 22, 2012, or as long as funding lasts. Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis to electric utility account holders, with a limit of one refrigerator and one freezer per household. The appliances must be full-sized (at least 14 cubic feet) and currently in use to qualify. Some restrictions may apply. Call for more information on this and other refrigerator offers.

Hawai'i Energy also offers a $1 instant rebate for each compact fluorescent light (CFL) residents purchase at participating retailers. For more information go to



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