Kaipātiki Information

Make a Difference

Moving around? Can you bike or walk or car pool? There are some great walk and cycle ways - try these out to get out and about in your local area. Save on travel hassles and check out AT’s Journey Planner for ideas to get about on bus, bike or walkways.

Think of other ways you can reduce, recycle, etc.

  • Find out more about ways to make a difference - reduce some of your costs and live well in your home at
  • Shop and eat locally
  • Walk or bike the greenways, car pool to make friends or stay home and skype into meetings
  • Green up your backyard and beyond
  • Set up a 4 minute Spotify play list for taking a shorter shower challenge to save on your hot water use
  • Share, Repair or swap items before buying new


Home Health Check

Find out how much energy you are using and how to reduce it by borrowing a HEAT (Home Energy Audit Toolkit) kit from your local library for free.

An average New Zealand house spends around $2500 per year on energy and heating. By taking these low cost actions you could save up to $1000 a year.

Stop drafts - drafts make your home uncomfortable and harder to keep warm.

  • Seal windows, doors and use draught excluders
  • Hang full-length, lined curtains in bedrooms and living areas

Reduce dampness - damp air is unhealthy, causes mould and costs more to heat.

  • Dry off windows and remove mould
  • Dry clothes outside
  • Put lids on cooking pots
  • Use extractor fans when bathing/showering and cooking
  • Open curtains sunny days to let the sun in
  • Open doors and windows for 30 minutes daily

Smart energy use - use heating and appliances the right way.

  • Switch to a low flow shower head or flow restrictor
  • Take a five minute shower
  • Swap portable gas heaters for safe effective heating
  • Use timers and thermostats
  • Dry clothes outside
  • Wrap your hot water cylinder
  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Switch to LED light bulbs
  • Turn off appliances at the wall when not in use