Maui Luxury Real Estate Team

 

Maui Real Estate Connection

Aloha! Our blog features current market real estate trends, island events, news, attractions, activities, featured property listings, tips for buyers and sellers and much more! Subscribe today and receive updates on our weekly blog. Mahalo!

New Measure to Improve Hawaii School Energy Use

The Hawaii state DOE has a set of new goals for reducing energy costs and improving classroom conditions.
July 08, 2016

New Measure to Improve Hawaii School Energy Use

Hawaii Governor David Ige has just signed a bill to reduce energy costs in our education system while improving the experience for students and teachers. Those of you prospective Maui home buyers who are also parents may be interested in the details, just to get a clearer sense of what the future is going to look like for students in Hawaii. House Bill 2569 makes ours the first state in the nation to mandate that clean energy be used by all its public schools.

So how does the bill propose to accomplish this? Well, first there are the goals, and then there are the strategies for achieving them. Let's start with the goals.

The state Department of Education was expected to pay around a billion on electricity between now and the year 2035. To reduce this sum by hundreds of millions, the measure requires the DOE to establish a net-zero energy goal with a January 1st, 2035 deadline. During this time, the cooling of all public school classrooms will become standard, improving conditions for students. Lastly, the DOE will submit an annual transparency and accountability report to the Legislature, outlining their progress toward both those goals.

The strategy to accomplish this involves the installation of more efficient lighting, the investigation and implementation of alternative energy technology like solar power and batteries, and the maximizing of natural ventilation. The DOE spends around $48 million a year on electricity, but if they're successful in their goals, a healthy portion of these funds can be redistributed to improving classroom conditions and teacher salaries.

This bill is just one of many measures fueling Hawaii toward renewable energy use for the dual purpose of reducing the cost of living and protecting our unique and ecologically rich environment. If you're in the market for a Maui home, you may have already looked into the cost of living, and the cost of energy as well. Subscribe to our blog or check in each Friday for our latest entry for future updates on this subject and other Maui real estate and lifestyle information. Mahalo!

Blogs for July 2016

Vacant Maui Land at The Pinnacle in Kaanapali

Posted on July 29, 2016
Vacant Maui Land at The Pinnacle in Kaanapali

Sometimes the best way to find your Maui dream home is to build it yourself. Why not create something new based on your ideal design preferences and make the most of the charming landscape that surrounds you? If this idea has… Continue Reading

June 2016 Maui Real Estate Statistics

Posted on July 15, 2016
June 2016 Maui Real Estate Statistics

All you savvy Maui real estate buyers who are keeping an eye on our market trends may want to take a look at the June statistics from the Realtors Association of Maui (RAM) monthly report, which was recently released. You can study the details at… Continue Reading

Oceanfront Puamana Beach House of Your Dreams

Posted on July 11, 2016
Oceanfront Puamana Beach House of Your Dreams

View the 3D Rendering of this Unit

Puamana's newest Oceanfront offering is the beach house of your dreams. Puamana 216-4 is everything you imagined for your Maui getaway. This two bedrooms two bathroom end unit is situated with a broad green… Continue Reading

New Measure to Improve Hawaii School Energy Use

Posted on July 08, 2016
New Measure to Improve Hawaii School Energy Use

Hawaii Governor David Ige has just signed a bill to reduce energy costs in our education system while improving the experience for students and teachers. Those of you prospective Maui home buyers who are also parents may be interested in the… Continue Reading

Six Maui Restaurants Featured on Food Network Show

Posted on July 01, 2016
Six Maui Restaurants Featured on Food Network Show

One of the best things about living on Maui is the amazing local food. If you're exploring Maui real estate from off-island, you won't want to miss the "Soakin' Up Maui" episode on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" airing today,… Continue Reading

Archives
Website Map

Maui Luxury Real Estate Team
Keller Williams Realty Maui


Whalers Village
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Suite A-3
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761

Toll Free, US and Canada:
  1-866-264-3761
All other points:
  (808) 495-0022
Fax: (808) 661-8951
Email Us

Meyer Computer, Inc.
Web Services provided by Meyer Computer, Inc.
Web Hosting & Design
Sign up for our Maui real estate newsletter!
From the latest real estate market stats to exclusive island updates and the hot listing deals in between, get to know Maui a little better with our newsletter.
X