Does Your Electric Bill Shock You?

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Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council (HCEOC) presents “Does Your Electric Bill Shock You? Bring Your Current Bill and Learn How to Cut It”, an energy efficiency workshop to be held on five Saturday mornings around the island in October and November.

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The workshops are part of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Workshops are open to the general public. Applications will be taken for WAP energy saving program to award ten times the normal amount of solar hot water systems and CFL light bulb kits. Attendance at one of the five scheduled workshops is required in order to be eligible for WAP.

The free workshops will be led by Yen Chin, who for 20 years carried out a variety of conservation programs for Seattle City Light, Seattle’s electrical cooperative. Participants will learn how to decipher their electric bill, how to read the meter, how to monitor electrical usage and, most importantly, how making behavioral changes will reduce electrical consumption and, thereby, free up money for other family needs.

HCEOC has carried out WAP IN Hawaii County for over 20 years. “In past years,” said Mary Finley, WAP program manager, “Hawaii received the smallest appropriation of all state WAP funding. This year under Secretary Chu’s leadership DOE realized that Hawaii is the most oil-dependant state and thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA/”stimulus act”), we’re getting ten times the normal amount of solar to reduce this vulnerability.”

Families at 200% of federal poverty level with at least four in the household, who currently electrical hot water heater, average consumption of 500 kilowatt hours per month (6000 kilowatt hours per year) and want to cooperate in an energy conservation program are eligible to apply for a solar hot water system funded by ARRA of 2009/US Department of Energy.

Applicants must attend one of the workshops to be eligible.

Workshops are scheduled for Saturday mornings in October and November:

– October 17, 2009 – Ainaloa Longhouse from 8:30 – 11:30 am

– Ocboer 24, 2009 – Ocean View Community Center from 9 am to noon

– October 31, 2009 – Neighborhood Place of Kona from 9 am to noon

– November 14, 2009 – North Hawaii Education & Research Center from 9 am to noon

– November 21, 2009 – HCEOC Hilo Conference Room from 9 am to noon.

WHAT TO BRING TO WORKSHOP:

Please bring your current HELCO bill, a calculator, if you have one, pencil and paper.  Besides the current HELCO bill, those who wish to apply for solar hot water and/or CFL kits, must bring copies of documents to verify income (most recent pay stub, 2008 federal tax return or W-2 form, social security/SSI benefits letter, etc.) and a copy of your property deed.

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