Historic Honolulu church reduces electricity bills by two-thirds

Hawaiian Electric and Hawaii Energy team up to make it happen

Release Date: 5/22/2018

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HONOLULU, May 22, 2018 - The historic Christian Science Church on Punahou Street, built in 1924, reduced its monthly electric bill by two-thirds with the help of Hawaii Energy and Hawaiian Electric Company, working together. To learn more follow this link: https://youtu.be/mszOANgLrkA

"This simple story shows what's possible when an individual, institution or business sets out to save energy and save money," said Brian Kealoha, Hawaii Energy executive director. "Our goal is to make it easy for everyone in Hawaii to play their part in the clean energy movement, whether at home or at their workplace. We are happy to work with Hawaiian Electric and many other partners to make this happen."

The video shows the church today is brighter and cooler, with electric bills about two-thirds lower than before. Together, Hawaii Energy and Hawaiian Electric helped save this congregation money that it can now devote to other needs and good works. And together they made another small but significant step toward Hawaii’s clean energy future.

"People in Hawaii on all islands have many ways to reduce energy use through efficiency and conservation," said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president for customer service. "You can start at the websites of either Hawaiian Electric or Hawaii Energy or call our Customer Business Management Services team or Hawaii Energy to tap available resources."

Last year, the Christian Science Church asked Hawaiian Electric for help reducing its electric bill. An engineer visited the church reading room in Waikiki and historic church on Punahou Street. He found old lighting fixtures and aging incandescent bulbs that provided as much heat as light. He recommended that church leaders contact Hawaii Energy for assistance and rebates for a lighting retrofit.

Through Hawaii Energy’s special offer for small businesses, they helped line up a contractor to do an energy-efficient lighting upgrade at little or no cost. Hawaii Energy engineers inspected to make sure the work met specifications and church leaders were happy with the experience. The rest of this win-win story is in the online video.

Hawaii Energy
Marvin Buenconsejo, 808.848.8567

Hawaiian Electric Company
Peter Rosegg, 808.543.7780