Early in December, the Prime Minister who launched Cityhop in late September launched the Sustainability Challenge and a new interactive portal.
It’s a cool site where you can add your own ideas on what you do to make your household more sustainable.
Look for Cityhop – we’re encouraging households to sell one of their cars and get a family membership to Cityhop. If you are a student in Auckland or Wellington you don’t need wheels. You can get around on public transport and when you do need wheels – cityhop. If you live in other main centres get your Student council to talk to us and we might get cityhop to your centre sooner than you think!
We’re working on a family special to encourage families to cityhop together when they need wheels too.
I guess for us at Cityhop, it’s not just about climate change, but the fact that it won’t hurt us to use a little less, consume a little less and conserve a little more.
If you visit Sustainability website you’ll see there are some very handy tips on how to save money on fuel – top idea with petrol prices continuing to soar.
Interestingly international research shows that people who join a car share not only save money but they lose weight! Members of US car share programmes report a 47 % increase in public transport trips. A 10 per cent increase in biking and a 26 per cent increase in walking trips.
Did you know if you carry stuff around in your car that you don’t really need it not only adds weight but adds to your fuel bill – by about 2 per cent for every 50 kgs!
Terrapass sells special beepers to tell you when your tyres need more air so that they are more energy efficient. Cold engines use more fuel and one third of car trips are for less than 2 kiometres – not long enough to warm up a car engine. Do you really need to take the car?
I know it is summer, but try not to use the air conditioning. Open the windows instead – it saves on energy.
Add your tips to the challenge.