An important part of becoming a net exporter of energy is through reducing energy use.
At present Otaki is achieving only 37% efficiency in its energy use, with transport fuels only achieving 14% efficiency (see GreenChip report).
An obvious way efficiency can be promoted is by improving home insulation or by providing smart meter systems which allow people to understand and change their usage. There will be others and people are encouraged to come up with projects, no matter how large or small.
The Clean Tech Tower in the Clean Technology Park, completed in 2013 has the full range of environmentally sustainable technologies.
Promoting the government’s rental housing insulation subsidy and a free curtain bank is the focus of a local community group.
Attractive, affordable, modular, transportable, energy efficient housing design produced locally in Otaki is the vision of the Energy Solutions Group.
The Otaki College diesel vans and its lawnmower are now running on cleaner blended fuel. The local bus company also joined the blended fuel trial.
The Little Greenie 2013 project based at the Clean Technology Centre, focused on teaching young people to build a demonstration home that was healthy, sustainable and energy efficient.
As part of a wider Kapiti Coast District Council initiative, older Council mowers used in Otaki are now running on a cleaner, more efficient emulsion mix of diesel and water.