Game on for savings
Paremata- Plimmerton Rugby Football Club has made efficient changes, thanks to a trust that has Titahi Bay golfer Michael Campbell as one of its ambassadors.
The Litefoot Trust has been operating since 2008, with its lead programme called LiteClub.
It is a free service for sports clubs to help them save money by becoming more efficient with electricity, water and waste disposal.
LiteClub co- ordinator Sam Maclean says they upgrade lighting with more efficient bulbs, wrap hot water cylinders, fit water-saving devices to taps and toilets and offer advice for recycling.
Last month the LiteClub team visited Paremata- Plimmerton RFC and upgraded 33 light bulbs, fitted water- saving aerators, lagged hot water pipes and wrapped two hot water cylinders.
Bins were also installed for bottles, cans and cardboard to be recycled separately.
‘‘ We estimate that ParePlimm will save $6000 over the lifetime of the new products,’’ Maclean says.
‘‘By freeing up money at the club, there is more money to be spent on sport, which is the ideal outcome.’’
LiteClub visited 37 Wellington sports clubs, including 12 rugby clubs, last year.
Paremata- Plimmerton spokesman Martin Highgate says energy-efficient measures and recycling are important for any club to take on board.
Small things like turning off lights when leaving a room can make a difference to any budget.
‘‘They [Litefoot] challenged us to really think about recycling and how to be more efficient.
‘‘It’s a great initiative, good for the community as a whole, and we appreciate the contact from [ club liaison officer] Paul Latham at Wellington Rugby Union.’’