Energy Use and Energy Conservation
An important part of Ōtaki becoming a net exporter of energy is reducing energy use. Energy conservation is also key to reducing people’s energy costs and incidences of energy poverty.
At present Ōtaki 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.
Along with our projects below, participants in Energise Ōtaki with technical knowledge and qualifications will provide advice on possible options for energy conservation and clean energy generation to groups from time to time. Most recent examples include to Waitohu School around systems to heat their pool and to Māoriland Film Festival about what might be done to their building on Main Street, and potential access to bikes to use during the Film Festival.
Current and Completed Projects
- Since 2019, Energise Ōtaki has run highly successful Repair Café events, aimed at re-creating a culture of repairing items with the help of knowledgeable volunteers. We encourage the attendees to become involved in the repairs, so they'll learn skills to use again.Learn more
- Energise Ōtaki runs the Ōtaki Curtain Bank, providing curtains to locals to help keep their homes warm. This project is a collaboration between Energise Ōtaki, the Ōtaki Citizen's Advice Bureau and the Sustainability Trust.Learn more
- From time to time the government has provided funding to assist in the insulation of homes which Energise Ōtaki has helped to promote. Development of the Solar Farm Community Investment Fund will enable us to work more actively in this area.Learn more
- Kāpiti Coast District Council has an on-going street lighting programme and is converting the streetlights in the district to LED technology, which promises to cut energy use of street lighting by well over 60%.Learn more
- The 2013 Little Greenie project involved constructing a demonstration home that is healthier, more sustainable and more energy efficient and teaching young trainee builders Little Greenie design principles.Learn more
- A battery-electric powered rubbish collection truck can now be found operating on Otaki's streets.Learn more