Soak­ing up wa­ter ex­cesses

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

A few en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly tweaks to Manawatu sports clu­b­rooms and presto! 12 sports clubs will now save a com­bined 390,000 litres of wa­ter each year and pre­vent 35 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions.

LiteClub is an ini­tia­tive to help com­mu­nity sport save money and be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly. Teams travel the coun­try, visit sports clubs and up­grade clu­b­rooms to im­prove elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and waste ef­fi­ciency.

Dur­ing March they paid vis­its to Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua sports clubs up­grad­ing 280 light­bulbs to LED, in­su­lat­ing two hot wa­ter cylin­ders and five me­tres of hot wa­ter pipes, in­stal-

By spend­ing less on bills, money can go back into what re­ally mat­ters.

ling 11 wa­ter-sav­ing tap aer­a­tors and 28 wa­ter-sav­ing cis­tern weights, and set­ting up 45 in­door re­cy­cling points.

LiteClub’s Sam Ma­clean says by spend­ing less on bills, money can go back into what re­ally mat­ters.

‘‘By pro­vid­ing clubs with ef­fi­cient prod­ucts and also in­stalling them – all for free – LiteClub helps busy vol­un­teers, saves money for sport, and shows that it can go hand-in-hand with an en­vi­ron­men­tal win too.’’

The up­grades to light­ing and hot wa­ter heat­ing are cal­cu­lated to free up 268,572 kWh and $82,188 over the life­time of the new prod­ucts, while wa­ter-sav­ing de­vices will con­serve 390,000 litres of wa­ter each year, pre­vent­ing 35 tonnes of CO2 emis­sions from en­ter­ing the at­mos­phere.

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