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DOC will save taxpayers thousands of dollars thanks to new energy efficiency upgrades planned for campgrounds around the country.

Date:  30 November 2009

The Department of Conservation (DOC) will save taxpayers thousands of dollars thanks to new energy efficiency upgrades planned for campgrounds around the country.

DOC’s has recently completed the first outfit at Peel Forest campground in Canterbury which included installations of solar panels, gas hot water systems as well as five minute shower timers.

Other DOC sites planned for upgrades in the South Island include Momorangi Bay Motorcamp, and Kerr Bay. Sites on the North Island include Trounson Kauri Park in Northland, and Motutapu/Rangitoto islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

Over $20,000 will be saved on energy in these camps alone, based on current electricity and diesel prices. There is a strong focus on ‘greening’ DOC campgrounds and making them more sustainable.

Director General of Conservation, Al Morrison, said, “Energy efficient options are often seen as more expensive options, but DOC has found that they can lead to massive reductions to the bottom-line, which is good for everyone.”

“This frees up valuable resources for conservation work on the ground,” He said.

The new campground upgrades are part of a national programme which is aimed at further reducing costs for the whole Department through regular energy audits; the purchase of 70 energy efficient vehicles; and the use of rechargeable battery kits;

As a result of this work DOC’s combined national energy savings is expected to be over $650,000 annually.

The Department will ensure that upgrades meet the standards of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) who have supported DOC with the outfit of all public assets.

Additonal Information

Technology

Location

Annual Savings

Solar panels

Stewart Island/Rakiura

$2,600

 

Tiritiri Matangi Island

$14,600

 

Mana Island

$12,956

 

Hauturu/Little Barrier Island

$14,600

Solar panels and energy efficiency measures

Chatham Islands

$10,669

Solar panels and trailer for gas bottles

Northern Circuit Huts

$4,000

Energy audits and integrated management actions

Across DOC

$200,000

200 rechargeable battery kits

Across DOC

$200,000

70 new energy efficient vehicles

Across DOC

$60,000

Item


Annual Savings

2600 eco-bulbs

$46,800

30 eco-friendly fridges

$10,500

155 cylinder wraps

$15,500

121 door draught stoppers

$9,075

1355 m of window seal

$17,000

61 future switches

$3,084

100 shower heads

$48,750

1100 fluoro lamps

$5,775

Total Expected Annual Savings

$656,809.00

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Contact

Kathyrn Maxwell, Sustainability Manager, DOC: +64 4 4713187; +64 27 266 4091

Reuben Williams, Senior Communications Advisor, DOC: +64 4 471 3139; +64 27 257 2216

See also:

Conservation campsites

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