Ways to save power and money

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Thanks to a kind of­fer from Baigent Mo­tors to share their gazebo, Tran­si­tion Mata­mata had a pres­ence at this year’s A and P Show. The weather co-op­er­ated and it was a fine day to chat with folks and let them know what the or­gan­i­sa­tion is up to.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata’s ser­vice of a free home en­ergy/ sus­tain­abil­ity visit was pro­moted and re­source ma­te­ri­als (films, mag­a­zines, etc) were avail­able to bor­row.

Steve Simp­son had a great zero-emis­sions lawn care dis­play, in­clud­ing an in­ex­pen­sive push mower, scythe, and caged guinea pigs work­ing on the pad­dock as we spoke. Surely the way of the fu­ture!

Home sus­tain­able liv­ing vis­its.

Ways to save power and money are among the is­sues con­sid­ered dur­ing th­ese one-hour vis­its, or­gan­ised by Tran­si­tion Mata­mata and con­ducted by a Sus­tain­abil­ity Op­tions con­sul­tant. Af­ter the visit, one lo­cal res­i­dent said: ‘‘We thought we would be spend­ing a lot of money for en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, but found there are many sim­ple, prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions.’’ For more in­for­ma­tion or to book an as­sess­ment time, ring Car­o­line Ma­son on 888 6647 or email car­o­line@tech­ma­son.co.nz.

How to get your power bill down.

Ju­lian Ma­son had a warm wel­come and keen au­di­ence when he de­liv­ered his power-sav­ings pre­sen­ta­tion at a re­cent Ro­tary Club meet­ing. The next morn­ing Ro­tary’s news­let­ter was dis­patched, in­clud­ing a short ar­ti­cle pass­ing along Ju­lian’s tips and ad­vice to all mem­bers. Other com­mu­nity groups wish­ing to hear the pre­sen­ta­tion should email ju­lian.ma­son48@gmail.com.

Cur­tain bank of­fers real


Com­mu­nity cur­tain bank projects col­lect drapes and cur­tains when peo­ple redec­o­rate (or have stored away!), then clean and in­stall them in homes in need. It’s re­cy­cling in ac­tion and, best of all, helps to cre­ate a warmer, health­ier home for an­other fam­ily. Tran­si­tion Mata­mata is search­ing for a vol­un­teer who could look into some of the de­tails and help es­tab­lish a lo­cal cur­tain bank if it looks fea­si­ble. If you could help with this or wish more in­for­ma­tion, ring Gord Stew­art on 880 9335 or email gord@aquas.co.nz.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata is a non-profit com­mu­nity group pro­mot­ing en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, sus­tain­able liv­ing, and a strong and re­silient lo­cal econ­omy. To join the news­let­ter email list, send your ad­dress to info@aquas.co.nz.


Cliff Thomp­son was the win­ner of a bag of Dal­ton’s Premium Seed Mix at the Tran­si­tion Mata­mata stand at this month’s A&P Show.

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