Make your home a Pono Home and save!
Greening our homes is the biggest opportunity to help us break our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce our exposure to petrochemical ingredients. In every home across America, even the best intentioned citizens may not know some of the simplest green changes they can make (or how to make them):
- What temperature their water heater should be set to for maximum efficiency (120 F), or how to set it (ummm...)
- How many lumens of light that are ideal in their bathroom (errr..., what?)
- How many gallons of water are wasted per minute in the shower
- What the difference is between a power strip and a smart strip or how to install them for maximum efficiency
How to identify potentially carcinogenic ingredients in personal care products....
The list goes on, and it quickly gets overwhelming, causing many people to do...nothing. Meanwhile, hard earned money goes to pay utility bills that come with a big carbon footprint, leaving less to spend on healthy food and nontoxic personal care products.
We think there's a better way, which is why we invented Pono Home.
Pono Home is a green home consulting service currently doing business in Honolulu County. It was recently selected for inclusion in Hawaii's clean tech incubator, the Energy Excelerator, beating out hundreds of innovative and qualified clean tech startups:
"Pono Home provides simple, easy-as-pie energy efficiency solutions for homeowners and renters. Our Energy Excelerator selected Pono Home for our 2014 cohort (from more than 200 companies that applied) because we love that they turn home energy efficiency from complicated to delightful. It's companies like Pono Home that not only are helping people save money, but also are helping the state reduce our dependence on imported oil." --Dawn Lippert, Senior Manager, Energy Excelerator
Read more about the Energy Excelerator's 2014 clean tech startup cohort and award winners here!
What happens during a Pono Home visit?
Our service is pure convenience. Rather than recommend what you should do, we just make your home healthier and more efficient from top to bottom.
Here's a sampling of our services:
Clockwise from top left: checking and installing water efficiency at the tap; testing appliances for energy use to show you how much you can save with simple behavioral changes; a sampling of the energy efficient lighting options we can install, cleaning condenser coils to maximize refrigerator efficiency; water efficiency for the toilet; and showing drivers how to drive more fuel-efficiently. Other services are more oriented toward ingredients in food and personal care products, and others, like cleaning out the dryer lint vent, are not only good for efficiency but make your home more fire safe, too!
We show up with the hardware and know-how to make your home greener, and we make it happen, right on the spot. In just a few hours, your home will be cleaner, healthier, and more efficient. In many of our initial house visits, the service has paid for itself by reducing utility bills in anywhere from 2-6 months, with nothing but savings thereafter for you and your family. Best yet, much of the installations we do you can take with you if you move, and much of what you can learn during those hours will save you money and reduce your exposure to toxic stuff for the rest of your life, no matter how many times you move.
So whether you're homeowner or renter, the benefits are crystal clear!
What You Get For Your Support!
This campaign is about helping residents cut their utility bills and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, single-use plastics, and toxic ingredients. As a thanks for your contribution, you can choose as your rewards...
$5 (Honolulu only)
The Pono Home coupon guide. Find savings on all sorts of other green services around Honolulu.Check out http://ponohome.com/coupons/ for more.
$40 (Anywhere)A whole slew of cool sustainability goodies for this level of support. You'll get:
- Two magnets to place directly on your washer/dryer and dishwasher so you and your family can reference energy and water saving practices right at the point of use. Every time. Use these magnets right, and it's $8500 worth of savings over the life of your washer/dryer and dishwasher!
- Green Living Ideas, an e-book that includes a bunch more information to help you save money and have a healthier home that we simply can't cover in a 2-3 hour house visit.
- The Hawaii-based sustainability board game, GBO Hawaii, which is all about the transition from a dirty economy to a clean one. See who's the smartest green business investor in your household with this game that gives you points for your triple bottom line return on investment.
If you're in Honolulu, we'll also include the coupon booklet, above.
15 early birds can get the Pono Home service at a pretty good discount. It's the same service, and we'll still donate $20 to one of our nonprofit partners (of your choice). Get on it!
Pono Home service at your place. Any of the Pono Home Service packages you see there include our full home assessment. This includes cleaning of your refrigerator condenser coils, lint removal from your dryer lint trap and vent, a lighting audit, a vampire power energy audit, toilet and sink leak checks, toxic ingredient inspection, adjustment of settings on your appliances for maximum efficiency, insulation check, tire pressure check, and many other efficiency checks on our 188 point checklist. In addition, you also get the e-book, the magnets, the board game, and the coupon guide.
PLUS, for each service bought through this campaign, we donate $20 to the environmental group listed there. For instance, buy the $80 Pono Home Service: Blue Planet Special, and we'll donate $20 to the Blue Planet Foundation. You save on your utility bills, we earn your business, and great local non-profits get money to continue their mission to make the world a more pono place to live. A true win-win-win!
OUR NONPROFIT PARTNERS
More info on the nonprofits we are fundraising for in this campaign:
- Sustainability Association of Hawaii
- The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS)
- Kanu Hawaii
- Blue Planet Foundation
- Surfrider Foundation
Get gift certificates for 10 Pono Home services, to give out to friends as gifts. You'll make a lot of friends in Honolulu (a good thing) with this one. You also get to choose the nonprofit that will receive 10 x $20 worth of donations from us!
Get gift certificates for 20 Pono Home services, and you'll all of a sudden have a lot more friends. You also get to choose the nonprofit that will receive 20 x $20 worth of donations from us!
$4500 (United States)
Pre-buy a franchise of Pono Home, wherever you are in the U.S. Pono Home is planning rapid expansion via franchising, and you can be a part of it by pre-buying your franchise right now (the price will likely be at least double this later on). The income potential is good, and the job is so damn fun that I'd do it for free (but don't tell our customers that).
Plus, every single day, you get to work with your hands, with people who need help, and make a positive difference for them that you can see right away. Every. Single. Day. Check out PonoHome.com/Franchises or email us if you want more to discuss your career with us (info [at] PonoHome.com). We'd love to empower you to have the most fulfilling, gratifying, financially sound, and impactful career you could dream of.
People are Starting to TalkListen to these experts in the clean tech world...
"For the challenges that face the world today: an energy crisis, a climate crisis, and socioeconomic crises, Pono Home delivers a home run.” -Zach Shahan, Site Director of CleanTechnica.com, the world’s #1 clean energy and green tech news site
"This is exactly what Hawaii, and the world, needs." -Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director, Blue Planet Foundation
"Inconvenience and lack of knowledge are two of the biggest barriers to the adoption of residential energy efficiency solutions, and Pono Home addresses those squarely. They don’t stop at simply identifying a smart change; they go ahead and make it happen. Every kilowatt hour avoided is fossil fuel that we don’t import--and carbon pollution that we don’t export. Pono Home is a sensible, brilliant solution for tapping into the power of efficiency.” -Catharine Lo, Communications Director, Blue Planet Foundation
Customers are also talking about Pono Home...
"I had a great service from Pono Home, they have all the bases covered to reduce your home electricity use. It's been a couple months since the service and it appears that Pono Home is saving me about $20/month on a 3 person home on the electricity bill. I would highly recommend this service. It is comprised of many small adjustments and maintenance things that I didn't know about or was too busy to do myself." -from Scott H., Pono Home customer, on the Pono Home Yelp page.
"Being in the business of keeping abreast of environmental and conservation issues, I figured I already had a good handle on the items that could reduce my impact on the environment and my electricity bills...I was gladly reassured of my wise decision to hire Pono Home as they spent 2 hours finding bulbs, vampire loads, dust monsters choking my appliances and other issues I didn't even know existed...I highly recommend their services..." -from Kahi P.
Other Ways You Can Help
Can't pitch in? No sweat, we love you for reading anyway. Please just post to your Facebook wall or let a friend know they can be a part of the solution. Thanks so much!
In addition, you can help by helping yourself! Cut your footprint and rid your home of toxins by using our learning resources for both health and efficiency. You'll find all sorts of resources like creating a natural drain cleaner, ingredients to avoid in personal care products, identifying the most common GMO ingredients, how to run your kitchen most energy efficiently, what is the cost of solar power, panels, and energy, as well as the payback, and fun things like the best kale recipes. :) Thanks again!