Some community groups will still be distributing leftover bulbs over the next few weeks, however, all of the bayonet and other more popular bulbs ran out after the weekend.
Given the popularity of particular bulbs on the weekend, the only available bulbs at the TEC will be screw in and downlights, (the '10W self-install dimmable retrofit and the 7W E27 LED 3000K non-dimmable globe'.
The Tairāwhiti Environment Centre is open to the public between 9am and 3pm, Tuesday to Friday, and on Saturday mornings.
Energy efficient light bulbs and fluorescent tubes can be recycled at the Tairāwhiti Environment Centre
Trust Tairāwhiti is working hard to get these light bulbs in to local homes, with a particular focus on householders who find the cost of LED’s prohibitive.
Following this weekend's distribution, we are working with community groups who know their corners of Tairāwhiti well and can best allocate these directly to people who would most benefit.
We will primarily be using them to get light bulbs out to people.
For those inquiring from more rural areas and up the coast –
We considered our rural whānau before this weekend’s distribution and with the help of volunteer groups, iwi, marae, and through already-going-out care packages, have distributed over 27,000 Ecobulbs to rural homes and to urgent need homes in town.
And so, we’d like to thank these groups for their help in reaching these rural communities.
This previous distribution included over 1,000 bulbs going to each of the following locations:
Hicks Bay, Te Araroa, Tikitiki and Rangitukia, Ruatoria, Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay, Waipiro Bay and Te Puia Springs.
We’d like to thank everyone who came into the two locations, Ilminster Intermediate and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa on Friday and Saturday.
It was great to see so many people getting active in their power saving and action toward a more environmentally friendly lightbulb.
Again, these Ecobulb LED lightbulbs are estimated to save each Tairāwhiti household $130 a year, $1,300 over ten years, and our region as a whole - $13million. So thank you for going in to pick up yours!