Sports clubs see the light
A group of Porirua and Tawa sports clubs have been lighting up over the past fortnight.
Members of the Project Litefoot team visited Paremata Boating Club, Western Suburbs and Tawa football clubs and North City Cricket Club.
In some cases, they put in better lightbulbs, besides advising on insulation and recycling to save money.
The charitable organisation has visited 414 sports clubs since its launch in 2011, and changes it has made add up to more than $ 2.5 million in savings.
Ten sports ambassadors lead Project Litefoot, including golfer Michael Campbell, BMX rider Sarah Walker and All Black Conrad Smith.
The aim is to reduce the environmental footprint of sports clubs and reduce their running costs, leaving more money to pour into sport.
Team member Dan Kelly said seemingly small things like wrapping hot water cylinders and putting in energy-efficient lightbulbs could save many thousands of dollars.
‘‘There are significant savings to be had,’’ he said. ‘‘Some clubs we’re seeing haven’t been updated for a long time and their inefficiency means their bills are higher than they should be.’’
He and his team go through a clubrooms with a checklist and often make changes on the spot.
Though Project Litefoot is based in Auckland and has visi- ted only North Island sports clubs so far, Kelly said members would be heading to the South Island soon.
Funding comes from New Zealand Community Trust, Ministry for the Environment and Mana Community Grants Foundation. Go to projectlitefoot.org for information.
Shedding light: Liteclub employees, from left, Dan Kelly, Claire Keeling and Paul Eisel, at Western Suburbs Football Club.