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High on Hi-Power Hi-Power Solar has the materials and necessary know-how to meet your solar water heating and photovoltaic system needs. See page 3 | Nathalie Walker photo Inside: HOW WATER ENERGIZES YOU AND YOUR ENVIRONMENT • CREATING A STYLISH OUTDOOR SPACE AN ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT PUBLISHED BY OAHU PUBLICATIONS, INC.

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ountains are desirable in feng shui because they bring the energy of water into the environment in a beautiful and elegant way. Water was important to farmers in ancient China because the success of their rice crops depended on having abundant water. Plentiful water resulted in plentiful rice, so over time water became associated with wealth and sustenance. Moving water represents flow, good communication, cleansing and movement, whereas still water represents wisdom, calmness and spirituality. Choosing to place water strategically in the environment reminds us of these themes and prompts us to participate further in creating them.

such as the beach, the mountains, the countryside or waterfalls? That good feeling is because of negative ions that are naturally present in the outdoors. Remember how it feels after a thunderstorm? That “clean” feeling is actually the effect of the release of a lot of negative ions. Positive ions have the opposite effect — they cause us to feel tired, lethargic and fatigued. Electronics such as computers and artificial lighting generate positive ions. In this day and age, many of us find ourselves in front of a computer all day surrounded by artificial lighting. No wonder we are always so tired! These positive ions are suspended in the air, and the more we breathe them in, the more they affect us.

The effect of water Water and negative ions Have you ever noticed When water splashes, how good you feel after visiting places in nature, it releases negative ions

into the atmosphere, and these bond with any positive ions suspended there. The negative ions neutralize the heavy effect that the positive ions have on our mood and feelings. You experience this anytime you take a shower: you feel perked up and rejuvenated afterward, don’t you? Your feeling of refreshment is a result of all the negative ions pairing up the energy of clarity, and with the positive ions. pictures of moving water such as waterfalls or the No desire for a fountain? ocean bring the energy of Photographs of water flow and movement into will stimulate your brain the environment. Choose and produce the same what you want to create energy, just in a different more of in your life and form. If the trickling use an image of water to sounds a fountain makes support you. do not resonate with you or if you have no time to Where to place a fountain maintain one and keep it The best placement for running, you can get the water is anywhere along same effect with a lot less the front wall or the left maintenance by using wall of your home, busiimages of water. ness, office or room Pictures of lakes or still (standing at the entrance, bodies of water represent

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more you resist life, the more challenges you will have. However, by placing a fountain with intent, it will help to subconsciously direct you Will a fountain bring me toward being in the flow and creating more of good luck? The fountain itself will what you want in your bring you neither good life. luck nor bad luck. Your “luck” depends on how For more information synchronous and in tune on feng shui expert and you are with your per- life guide Alice Inoue, visit sonal flow of life. The looking into the room). Check that the direction of the water flow is pointed toward the center of the room.

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with the technology. “Our No. 1 commitment is customer satisfaction,” Romero said. “And consequently, our best advertising over the years has always been word of mouth and referrals. When a new client contacts us, we are more than happy to provide them with references of customers who purchased a system from Hi-Power Solar.” “Concern about the cost of energy has never been greater with high prices and impending shortages,” Adams added. “Solar is a technology within reach of every homeowner, and it has never been more affordable. Rebates on solar water heating systems and state and federal tax credits for both solar water heating and photovoltaic systems are available.” “Our policy at HiPower solar is to assess every customer individually to identify the type of system that best suits their lifestyle and budget,” Romero said. “If your need is simply to heat water for the

home, we can give you a price for installation. For photovoltaics, we review your current electricity charges and provide a report on what you can save. The savings will be based on the system’s size and the current usage and electricity expenditures of the client. “The upfront investment is, of course, more for a photovoltaic system than for a solar water heating system, but, over time, the investment is also recouped in savings.” He pointed out that while the tax credits for installation of solar water heating systems are 30 percent federal and 35

Happy customer Gerald Blanchette, at left, greets Hi-Power Solar’s Matt Adams and Ron Romero. percent state up to $2,250 for solar hot water, the maximum for photovoltaic installations is $5,000 per system, per year. “It’s actually possible to get your total monthly expenditure for electricity down to a minimum charge of approximately $18,” Romero said. “I believe the main obstacle among consumers who have not made the move into solar

is confusion about the various types of systems out there today ... and there are many. The photovoltaic system we are currently installing is the most advanced with such features as a monitoring component that enables the home or business owner to go online to check the health, performance and efficiency of the system. We also are prepared to address

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ou know it makes sense to take full advantage of all the benefits of solar power, but you’re not sure what type of system will work best for you — a solar water heating system, a photovoltaic system, or a combination of the two. The decision isn’t hard to make when you have the right advice — the kind of advice you can get only from an experienced solar company with a background in both solar water heating systems and the latest photovoltaic technology. Hi-Power Solar partners Ron Romero and Matt Adams have combined experience of 35 years as solar contractors in Hawaii. The company is a member of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii and Better Business Bureau and a participating contractor in the Hawaii Energy Program. Over the years, they have installed all types of systems, but only those that have been proven efficient and reliable. To ensure that the products they represent are “top of the line,” they travel to manufacturing plants nationwide to become fully conversant

concerns about aesthetics. “The key is customization ... one size does not fit all. So, we invite anyone planning to upgrade, replace or install a new system to contact us for a free on-site consultation. “We work with only proven local suppliers and technicians in order to support the local economy. We are also very selective about the manufacturers who produce our photovoltaic panels and support American industry wherever possible,” Romero said. Hi-Power Solar can provide advice to the consumer on the best types of financing programs available for purchase of both solar and PV. Romero said that a home equity line of credit is sometimes the best option, or he can give referrals to credit unions that are able to offer good terms both to existing and new members. For additional information, contact Hi-Power Solar at 342-0802.



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t Pacific Islands Construction, workers believe there are excellent technologies available that provide consumers with better options. One new solar thermal product that fits this definition is a product from Apricus. The product is a new and more efficient type of solar water heating technology. Apricus, a leading manufacturer of evacuated tube solar hot water collectors, has teamed up with distributor Lumen Solar to bring its innovative products to the local market. Originally developed in Australia, Apricus collectors are widely used in the continental U.S., Australia and Europe. While evacuated tubes are gaining traction in many parts of the world, flat plate solar water heaters have

continued to dominate the Hawaii market. Flat plates do perform well under the full sun conditions that Hawaii is famous for; however, they lose significantly more heat to the environment, which makes them less efficient and more likely to re-radiate heat onto your rooftop when it could be going into your hot water supply. This particularly becomes a concern in Windward, upcountry and cooler valley areas, where every BTU counts. Here’s how evacuated tubes work: Each Apricus evacuated tube consists of a double-walled vacuumsealed glass tube that is coated on the inside with aluminum nitride. Inside the tube is an aluminum fin and a vacuum-sealed copper heat pipe containing a small amount of distilled


water, also under a vacuum. As the collector heats up, the water inside the heat pipe boils, creating steam that transfers heat to copper header pipes inside the collector manifold. In Hawaii where freezing is not a threat, you can pump your potable water directly through the header pipes, where it is heated by conduction and then pumped into your storage tank. The vacuum seal inside each evacuated tube provides excellent insulation, ensuring that the collector remains cool to the touch and loses minimal heat to the environment. In fact, the insulation value (also called R-value) of a vacuum is vir-

tually infinite — it would take 74 cubic miles of regular air to provide the same insulation as this vacuum! The rounded surface of the evacuated tubes also increases their efficiency by maximizing exposure to direct sunlight as the sun moves across the sky. On silver or white-coated roofs, the efficiency is further boosted by up to 30 percent by the light reflecting from the roof underneath. Apricus evacuated tubes are durable (tested to 1-inch hail at 50 mph) and removable, making for easy installation, maintenance, and replacement. If one tube breaks, a single person can remove it and the rest of the

system will function normally until the tube is replaced. Extra tubes are available onisland at minimal cost. By contrast, replacing or servicing a flat plate system requires shutting down the system and removing the entire collector from the roof, which can be a threeor four-person job. Apricus collectors come in 10-, 20- and 30-tube sizes and can be mixed and matched to reach your desired hot water output. Assuming an average hot water usage of 20 gallons per person per day, one 30tube collector can serve a household of four people

with an 80-gallon tank in most parts of Hawaii. They are suitable for retrofits on existing hot water systems as well as new systems. Retrofits on existing homes are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit, a 35 percent state tax credit (up to $2,250), and for systems installed by the end of June, Hawaii Energy is offering a $1,500 cash rebate (after June 30 the rebate will be $750). All told, replacing your electric water heater with a solar hot water system can pay for itself in as little as two years! Call 841-7756 for more information.

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Airscapes whole house fan is ducted to the attic space and when turned on pulls outside air into the home and the hot air up and out through the attic vents, cooling the home within minutes. All exterior walls were insulated with Icynene foam insulation installed by JDH Construction Limited to create a controllable interior environment. Oceanview Builders Inc. erected the steel-framed panels fabricated by Steel Truss & Panel LLC. CEMCO supplied the light gauge structural steel framing for the exterior walls, which are engineered to transfer the weight of the roof and second floor into the foundation. A new product, a lighter gauge steel stud for partition walls that are not weight

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he kitchen has always been the heart of the home — a place where the family socializes and entertains friends. It’s no wonder a kitchen remodel occupies first place on many homeowners’ wish lists, especially at a time when families are spending less time dining out and more time at home. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive and time-consuming home improvement projects a family will undertake, ranging from $17,000 to $20,000 for a basic kitchen remodel. “Since the kitchen occupies a highly visible space in the home, it’s understandable that families want it to reflect their style and personality. But unfortunately, a traditional kitchen remodel can mean a bigger investment of time and money than many families can

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. Want to know if you have any leaky fixtures around the house? Routinely monitor the water meter and keep a record of the numbers. Any reading that is higher than usual could indicate a problem. The EPA-sponsored WaterSense program aims to preserve water by supporting water-efficient products, programs and practices. Visit its website to learn different ways to save water, tips to help you identify and repair leaky fixtures and other fun facts.

1. Green your supplies Replace harsh household cleaning products with environmentally safe and natural solutions. Not only are they biodegradable and therefore better for the environment, but they contain no toxic chemicals. Plus, making cleaning solutions from items in your pantry such as vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda can help cut down on packaging waste. Many 3. Clean out your shower credible online resources Before you start scrubbing offer recipes for alternayour tub or shower, take tive cleaning products. inventory of all the items you keep in it. Consolidate where 2. Check for leaks Leaks in the home, such you can and consider using as drafty windows and fragrance-free products and fixtures. doors or dripping faucets, water-efficient can lead to wasted money During a recent nationwide and resources. Check for study conducted on behalf of air leaks in your house by Delta Faucet Company, 40 inspecting areas around the percent of respondents said windows and doors, as well they had never changed their as in the attic or crawl- showerhead. The EPA reports space. Properly sealing that if just one out of every 10 those spaces can help you homes in the United States cut back on cooling costs upgraded to WaterSenseand increase comfort. labeled products, the comInformation on how to bined savings would be more assess your home and than 120 billion gallons of determine how much insu- water and more than $800 millation you need can be lion annually. If you haven’t replaced found at www.EnergyStar .gov. If you want to hire a your showerhead recently, professional, then Masco then look into Delta’s Home Services' WellHome WaterSense-labeled fixprogram provides perform- tures. They flow at a rate of ance assessments to help no more than 2.0 gallons homeowners improve per minute (gpm) and help home energy-efficiency you save water in your daily routine. and comfort. 14 | HAWAII RENOVATION | APRIL 24, 2011

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labels for disposal instructions or check the manufacturer’s website for details. provides information about how to safely discard many toxic products. Making your home more environmentally

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pring means cleaning tools, replacing equipment and sprucing up the yard. To start your season off greener, consider using electric or cordless lawn care products. “Electric products have become a reliable and eco-friendly way to do yard work,” says Coey Genuise, product marketing manager for Remington, a leading manufacturer of cordless and electric power tools. “They are virtually silent, lighter, more energy-efficient and don't require any gas or oil, which avoids mess and hassle and saves you money.” Mowing is an important step in keeping your lawn healthy. In order to keep it as green as possible, use an electric or cordless mower. These mowers are less expensive to maintain and operate because there’s no need for gas and oil. A cordless push mower also allows emissionsfree power without the hassle of a cord. One model from Remington features a removable 24 volt battery that can last approximately 30 to 50 minutes from one charge depending on mowing conditions, which is more than enough time to mow a small-sized lawn. When finishing your lawn, another way to help keep the grass and the environment greener is to use an

electric string trimmer. Electric trimmers are lighter, so your arm doesn’t get tired; and they’re quieter, so ear protectors aren't necessary. However, you should always wear safety glasses and heavy duty gloves whenever using any outdoor power equipment. Consider these tips to help keep your lawn looking great and your equipment running smoothly.

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• Make sure to clean your mower and other tools before doing any work in the yard to keep them running longer.

before pulling out the mower. Raking also helps remove any dead grass and can detangle any grass that has become matted and stuck together.

• To avoid accidental startup, always remove the power source before doing any maintenance work on your trimmer, mower or other outdoor power equipment.

• When using a string trimmer, make sure the tip of the spinning line does most of the cutting so as not to overload the motor. Try a Remington electric string trimmer that has an 18-volt motor, 12-inch cutting swath and straight shaft.

• Sharpen or replace mower blades at the beginning of each season. This ensures you’ll have a full season of great lawn cuts. • Know the battery type of your cordless equipment. If your equipment operates on NiCad batteries, run the battery down before recharging it. NiCad batteries have memories, which means if you have a 30-minute battery and continually recharge it after 10 minutes, you’ll end up with a 10-minute battery. If your

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n increasing number of retirement plans now include the retiree’s desire to remain in his or her own home as he or she grows older. It’s estimated that Americans age 65 and older will number 55 million by 2020 — and many of them are choosing to remain at home instead of moving to a retirement community. According to a survey cited by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), 89 percent of people age 50 and older desire to live in their current homes indefinitely. However, not all homes today meet the changing needs of aging adults or those with limited mobility. Remodelers are continually searching for ideas to meet the needs of aging homeowners. Thanks to a building concept called “universal design,” many older adults are now living more safely, comfortably and independently in their homes. Remodeling your home today — including choosing the best window and door options — can help you better enjoy your current home for many years to come. “Ultimately, universal design takes into consideration the 16 | HAWAII RENOVATION | APRIL 24, 2011

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WINDOWS & DOORS need for buildings to keep pace with changing lifestyles and needs as occupants grow older,” said Gary Mathes, Pella’s manager of architectural support services. “Pella designs window and door solutions to accommodate a variety of those needs to make life easier.” What is universal design? Universal design is based on the theory that homes and businesses should best serve the people who live and work in them. It recognizes the diversity in people and their varying abilities. “Universal design principles help make a building safer and more comfortable for people of all ages,” Mathes said. “For example, more spacious 36-inch wide doorways provide ample room for you to maneuver in and out whether you’re carrying a bag of groceries or confined to a wheelchair.” Design ideas from Pella If you’re considering


remodeling or replacement project, take a critical look at your windows and doors with an eye to the future. Select properly functioning windows and doors that will meet your needs as you age. Pella products are designed to make your life easier now and in the future. “Pella has window designs to make cleaning glass surfaces easier, more convenient and safer because exterior glass surfaces can be washed from inside your home,” Mathes explained. Casement and awning windows feature a sash that moves toward the center of the frame a full four inches — wider than most standard casements. They also feature a unison-style lock that secures two locks with one easy-to-grasp handle and an integrated crank with a foldaway handle that doesn’t interfere with interior window treatments. Double-hung windows have a tilt-to-clean sash that makes cleaning safer and easier than getting up and getting outside on a ladder. Pella’s Designer Series® products are offered with cordless between-the-glass window fash-

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