Home Energy Challenge

Home Energy Challenge

Teaching Students How To Save Energy for the Past Decade!

It's all about making wise decisions and not wasting electricity - that's how elementary school students and their families have reduced their electricity use at home for the past 10 years. Hawaiian Electric Company and the Hawaii State Department of Education have had great educational experiences with the Home Energy Challenge; a contest which motivates energy conservation practices in the students' homes.

$19,000 in Prizes & STEM Education for All

The schools whose families achieve the highest percentage of reduction in electricity use from October through March win cash prizes of $10,000, $6,000 and $3,000. Students learn about science and conserving energy while helping the environment and their families. The cash prizes are just the tip of the ice berg! The Home Energy Challenge provides public school participants with STEM educational material, booklets, exciting videos, live presentations, special events, monthly activity sheets, and optional sub-contests like Energy Conservation Projects and drawing contests to keep the momentum up from October - March.

2016 Home Energy Challenge

Home Energy Challenge STEM Activities:

Making fruit batteries

Making fruit batteries

Hands on circuit experiments

Hands on circuit experiments

Hawaiian Electric energy resource library equipment

Hawaiian Electric energy resource library equipment


Celebrating this year’s winners:

Tiny Tree

Congratulations to the 2015/16 $10,000 grand prize winner, Kamiloiki Elementary, pictured at the top of the page. After receiving the BIG $10,000 check, the energy conscious students and faculty of Kamiloiki Elementary School got to see Honolulu Theater for Youth’s production of The Tiny Tree (pictured above).

Kumu Kit Winner

One family whose name is drawn from all the families who reduced their home energy use during the contest period wins a $8,500 photovoltaic H2O Solar Water Heating System, courtesy of Kumu Kit. The H2O water heater uses the light of the sun to make the household water hot. Last year the winning family came from Mililani Waena Elementary (pictured above). This year, that lucky family came from Kanoelani Elementary. Click here for rules >


At the end of the school year, four schools win $1,000 each for their Energy Conservation Projects. As an optional project, schools document their energy conservation efforts during the year and share their great ideas and projects in song, videos, school newscasts, books and more. The winning elementary schools this year are: Mililani Mauka, Maemae, Enchanted Lake and Aina Haina.


Rolling into our 10th year and your school can join

A few requirements:

  • Must be a Hawaii State Department of Education Elementary School
  • Sign up at least 20% of your student population
  • Families must have a Hawaiian Electric account

For more Home Energy Challenge program information, view our Program Description or call 543-7511. If your school is interested in signing up, complete our School Letter of Intent by August 5, 2016.