The Remakery reduces its carbon footprint

The Remakery, a community enterprise hub in Fairfield that leads the way on reducing waste in Lower Hutt, is reducing its carbon footprint by switching to efficient LED light bulbs.

The social enterprise business run by Common Unity Aotearoa will change to LEDs with a financial contribution from EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority). 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 CO2 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. 

Remakery spokesperson Julia Milne says they decided to switch to LEDs to avoid wasting energy. 

“Small steps undertaken by many, create huge impact,” she says.

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Penny St John, Senior Communications Advisor, EECA

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