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ne of the pioneers in Hawaii’s solar industry, Poncho’s Solar Service, has been installing solar water heating systems in Hawaii since 1988. Now also a leading photovoltaic contractor, the company has announced the availability of a unique new power generating and storage system designed to operate critical appliances during power outages. “We have been installing the system we call our ‘Hurricane Kit’ in homes throughout Hawaii,” said Poncho’s co-owner Terrie SaFrana. “We have one in our own home that can generate power for refrigeration and lighting when power failures occur. It’s a relief to know that all your food won’t be spoiled and you won’t have to resort to candles and flashlights to
read or find your way around the house. “As for cooking, you can always make use of a gas grill or fire up a barbecue. If you want to be able additionally to continue using radios, TVs and computers, the Hurricane Kit package that includes a DC/AC inverter might be the one to choose. Of course, the more the package contains, the more it will cost. “The good news is that it’s eligible for state and federal tax credits.” According to estimator Kirby Mack, the Hurricane Kits after tax credits cost as little as $2,700. The minimum system, Hurricane Kit Category 1, includes a freezer / refrigerator, two direct current lights, two 135-watt solar panels, a storage battery and a
charge controller. The larger systems include more of the same plus an inverter. “We expect this kit to be in great demand because it includes the essentials at a very reasonable price,” Mack said. “The refrigerator/freezer and lights are powered by batteries that store the energy produced by the photovoltaic panels. The refrigerator freezer can be controlled to maintain temperatures equivalent to those in a deep freeze or standard refrigeration unit. The lights are powered by direct current produced by the system.” SaFrana noted that, with the photovoltaic industry expanding by leaps and bounds, it’s important for the consumer to be sure they are working with a reliable company that is on top of
all the latest advances in technology. Additionally, the company should be one that will not only sell and install the system, but also will maintain it and be available to add panels as needed. “When someone contacts us regarding either a solar water heating system or photovoltaic system or both, the first thing we do is take a look at their electric bill and find out what their needs are. Our estimator checks the size and condition of the roof to determine the placement of the panels. We also need to establish the capacity of the existing electrical system. “What we find is that many of the homes already have solar water heating systems, many of them installed by Poncho’s, and so are tak-
ing advantage of the energy savings and tax credits available. With both a solar water heating system and a photovoltaic system, which can supply electric power for all household needs, it’s possible to reduce an electric bill to the minimum service charge from the electric company. “We have many customers who are paying only the minimum service fee. Poncho’s has helped numerous households throughout Hawaii reach that goal.” SaFrana pointed out that anyone building a new home or remodeling should incorporate solar power installations in their plans and factor the cost into their budget. “With today’s economic uncertainties, escalating electricity costs, and the potential of natural
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hen owners of a 49year-old home in Manoa decided it was time to replace it with a new, larger home, they called on the design/build expertise of Homeworks Construction. But first, the demolition of the original home on the 8,476square-foot lot was undertaken by Re-use Hawaii, a company
that salvages reusable portions of tear-downs. In this case, much of the lumber that could be salvaged was redwood, a termiteand rot-resistant hardwood. “The credit the owners received from us, since we normally would have handled the entire demolition, combined with a tax credit made a big dent in the total cost of the project
and made it feasible for the clients ... one of whom grew up in the house,” said Homeworks project manager Heather Hickox. “The homeowners were very much involved with the process. They researched products both with us and online. They were very concerned with the natural elements Manoa homes are
exposed to — rain and wind being foremost. We dealt with these concerns by installing awning windows to allow air flow without water intrusion and raingutters specially designed with downspouts to channel water away from the house.” The 3,095-square-foot, two story home features an open floor plan with a great room that includes the main living and dining areas, four bedrooms, four baths, a large kitchen with eat-in counter, a den, family room, office and laundry room. Hickox commented, “After we framed the whole house, the owners decided to convert what had originally been planned as a 194-square-foot lanai into addi-
tional space for a family room.” Homeworks demonstrated its flexibility by pouring another slab, creating an 18-foot opening in the existing wall, ordering two more windows, and moving the slider out to the newly created wall of the family room. Homeworks also worked with the client to keep costs within the parameters of their budget, while creating a quality new home with a number of upscale features. Tile flooring was installed at the entry and in the kitchen, baths and laundry room. Exotic tiger maple laminate flooring was used in all common rooms, exceptions being the bedrooms, which were carpeted, and the office, where two-by-two foot carpet squares were laid. Luxury features in the master bath include his and hers sinks and vanities on either side of a large walk-in shower with a rain head feature, a standard wall shower and bench seat, plus a sauna built with cedar. SEE PAGE 10
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raham Builders is best known as Hawaii’s most experienced design + build company specializing in residential construction. What is less known is that for more than a decade, Graham Builders has also given back significantly to Hawaii’s youths through its support of Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation (HCCF). Recently, the company was honored by the state as one of Hawaii’s Outstanding Advocates for Children and Youths. Thanks to Graham Builders, the children and
families of HCCF have been able to enjoy festive food, presents and a visit from Santa Claus during the Christmas holiday. Over the past 11 years, Graham Builders has hosted and organized an elaborate annual holiday dinner and party for HCCF at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for more than 250 children and their families. Graham Builders handles everything — from the entertainment and decorations to the menu. They even arrange a visit from Old Saint Nick himself, bearing gifts for each
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any way they could. Prior to Graham Builders hosting the event, the parties were a potluck among the families. Danny stepped in, spiced it up, and put true kamaaina holiday spirit into the party.” These parties do so much to bring a smile to everyone in attendance. The families have the opportunity to enjoy each other and the company of the other families whose children are also facing life-threatening illnesses, providing them a time for fun and joy during a trying period in
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Seasonal Sense Using scent, sight and sound to stimulate holiday spirits
rom baking cookies with loved ones to celebrating with family and friends, fond memories of holiday traditions abound. Each year, scents, sights and sounds promote the season’s spirit — continuing long-standing traditions and creating new memories. Here are some ideas for stimulating your senses and evoking the warmth of the holidays in your home:
With no wick and no flame, there’s no worry or mess. After selecting a favorite seasonal fragrance, it’s easy to place a cube or two of the scented wax into a decorative, ceramic candle warmer. Just one whiff and you are on your way down memory lane. “A festive, welcoming atmosphere stimulates our senses and reminds us of holidays past as we celebrate with
Savoring seasonal scents
Home fragrances create a warm, inviting environment during the holidays and all year-round. A whiff of a familiar scent often calls to mind memories of holidays past. The scent of cinnamon and vanilla conjures thoughts of freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, while a blend of evergreens, cedar and musk reminds many of the holiday season. One of the safest ways to recreate holiday memories is with scented, wickless candles.
our family and friends,” says Heidi Thompson, president and co-owner of Scentsy, a leader in home fragrance. “A home filled with classic holiday scents not only evokes memories but inspires new seasonal traditions for young families.”
Behold the sights Twinkling lights fill the indoor and outdoor landscape during the holidays. To capture the spirit of the season and add a shimmering glow to any room, consider a simple string or two of miniature lights strung along a mantel or displaying a holiday-themed wickless candle. From snowmen to Santa, there are festive designs in all shapes and sizes to complement any decor.
Sounds of the season
you decorate your home, entertain dinner guests or simply escape the hustle and bustle of the season. Music creates a cheerful atmosphere and often encourages listeners to sing along.
The sounds of the season create happy holiday memories. Adding traditional tunes from Bing Crosby or modern interpretations from Harry Connick Jr. can set the mood as
Enjoying the scents, sights and sounds of the season is simple. To learn more about how to fill your home with festive fragrances and decorate with wickless candles, visit www.Scentsy.net.
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The mad rush for solar M ost people are aware that solar systems, such as solar hot water, solar electric and even attic fans, qualify for healthy tax credits, both from the state and the federal government. Most people also don’t like to wait for their money. Because of this, the end of year is notoriously busy for most solar contractors. Many people put off their solar project until the end of the year, when it becomes a mad rush to get a project completed. Most solar companies are fully booked through the end of the year at this point and are filling their schedules for the beginning of next year. If you wish to get a solar system of any kind installed this year, you may be hardpressed to find someone who is able to complete your project this calendar year. There are other options available, such as “same as cash” programs that defer payment for
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cross the nation, both building professionals and consumers are embracing the idea of sustainable building practices. This practice follows a process that is environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building’s life cycle: from design to construction, operation to maintenance and renovation, to eventually, demolition. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability and comfort. Green building brings together a vast array of practices and techniques to reduce and ultimately eliminate the impacts of buildings on the environment and human health. It often emphasizes taking advantage of renewable resources, such as using sunlight to generate solar power and using plants to reduce rainwater run-off. According to the Energy Information Administration, the demand for green homes is expected to rise 900 percent in the next five years. In the home, using energy-efficient appliances can dramatically reduce energy waste and cut costs. Companies like Miele offer a wide range of Energy Star-rated appliances for every room in the house from the kitchen to the laundry room. For example, Miele offers induction cooktops, which use a non-contact method of heating using magnetic fields to transfer energy directly to cookware. The induction element stays cool, while the target object heats up rapidly for extremely efficient cooking. Like gas, induction is exceptionally easy and quick to control. The ability to precisely control the power
makes induction perfect for all types of cooking. It is highly reactive and exceedingly safe. The cooking surface is cool in operation and only generates heat where the pan sits on it. As soon as the pan is removed, the flow of heat stops immediately. For more information on the various types of energy-efficient appliances available, visit www.mieleusa.com. Young, savvy, environmentally conscious consumers are at the forefront of the green movement. Programs like the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon allow this demographic to create and design an energy efficient home. The Solar Decathlon is a program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. This year’s winner was the University of Maryland Team WaterShed. “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Miele on our entry into the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition,” says Brian Grieb, University of Maryland Team WaterShed’s faculty project manager. “Miele has a reputation for providing elegantly designed, environmentally conscious, cost-efficient products that are constructed with longevity in mind. These attributes are exactly the qualities we were seeking to include in the WaterShed home.”
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f you’ve finished making your holiday gift list, don’t put the pen and paper away just yet. While the holidays take up a lot of attention right now, it’s also a great time to look a bit further into the future. With the new year just around the corner, planning for home improvement projects now can help you prioritize and budget. Spending some time examining your home might bring potential projects to your attention. Maybe you’ve noticed fraying carpet under your toes, chipped paint on a window frame or a paint color that feels outdated — whatever needs to be addressed should get marked down on your fixit list. Give yourself a deadline for completing the list and then call a household meeting to start prioritizing. One of the most
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ne of the most often-asked questions of prospective clients to Greg Kemp Contractor LLC is, “What are the benefits of tearing down the old house and building new versus remodeling and adding on to the existing structure?” The answer varies with each home and owner. Many of Hawaii’s homes were built during the ’50s and ’60s’ statehood boom. Developers built small, affordable one-story single-walled homes using some of the most basic layouts and finishes. Carports were usually for one car, cabinets were built-in and jalousie windows installed. Depending on location and upkeep, some are in relatively good condition while others are falling apart. Determining if your home is sound and in good shape is the first place to start. Remodeling or adding on can easily be ruled out if the home is in bad shape.
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