Kahutara School reduces its carbon footprint

Kahutara School near Martinborough is reducing its carbon footprint by switching the school’s lighting to efficient LED light bulbs.

The school will change to LEDs with support from EECA which filmed a video at the school to promote climate-friendly efficient light bulbs. Chief Executive Andrew Caseley says EECA is encouraging New Zealanders to make the switch as part of its Gen Less campaign to reduce energy-related carbon emissions.

“If 100,000 more New Zealanders switched all their household lighting to LEDs, that would prevent 1,669 tonnes of C02 being released into the atmosphere per year – that’s equivalent to roughly 35,000 people not flying from Auckland to Wellington per year.”

Mr Caseley points out LED light bulbs used to be expensive but you can now buy them on special for as little as $3.00 – making them affordable for many people.

“Each LED bulb you buy to replace an inefficient incandescent light bulb can save you up to $300 over its life, depending on the wattage of the bulb you replace.”

LEDS use much less energy – they are very efficient and very long life, using up to 85% less electricity than inefficient incandescent light bulbs, Mr Caseley says. 

Kahutara School principal Charmaine Taplin says the school decided to switch to LEDs because it likes to promote sustainable living and looking after the environment. 

“There will also be reduced electricity costs and we will get upgraded lighting – at the moment we have old fluorescent lights that don’t put out great light,” she says.

Media enquiries:

Penny St John, Senior Communication Adviser, EECA

Phone: 027 687 3123

Email: penny.stjohn@eeca.govt.nz