Game on for sav­ings

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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