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Elementary school students illustrate their New Year's energy resolutions

Elementary school students are starting the New Year with their resolutions made to save energy, as part of the 2016--2017 Home Energy Challenge.

Sponsored by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education and Hawaiian Electric Company, the program is designed to educate students about conservation and encourage them to put the lessons into practice at home. One of the components of the program is the Energy Resolution drawing contest, in which the students illustrate their commitments to change their energy-wasting habits.

"This is the tenth year we've conducted the Home Energy Challenge, and every year I'm impressed by the clever depictions of the students' energy resolutions," said Sam Nichols, Senior Community Affairs Consultant with Hawaiian Electric. "While they're all very imaginative, we've selected four students' winning resolutions. And these four students and their classmates will be treated to a witty educational presentation by Magic Science of Hawai‘i."

Palisades Elementary first grader Jaycob Y. depicted his home's floor plan, showing each overhead fixture, for his resolution to save energy by "turning off the lights when I am not using it."

Tamara L., a fourth grader at Aina Haina Elementary, illustrated how she defeats energy vampires by "using power strips to turn the electrical appliances on and off."

Eyana M., a fifth grader at Enchanted Lake Elementary, promised a trifecta of winning energy resolutions: "air drying clothes more often and washing and drying full loads of laundry," and she will "check the lint filter before washing and drying clothes."

And Ma‘ema‘e Elementary fifth grader Jacob A. will make sure his family uses energy-saving lightbulbs by "changing all of our lightbulbs to Energy Star bulbs, and use the lights only when needed."

A total of eight public elementary schools are participating in this year's Home Energy Challenge: Aina Haina, Enchanted Lake, Haha‘ione, Kainalu, Kamiloiki, Ma‘ema‘e, Nu‘uanu, and Palisades.

Hawaiian Electric rewards the three schools whose families conserve the largest percentages of electricity at home during a six-month period with prizes of $10,000, $6,000, and $3,000. The winning schools will be announced in May.


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About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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