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The Ōtaki Curtain Bank is back!

After last year’s success the Wellington Curtain Bank, supported by The Sustainability Trust, and local partners the Kapiti Coast District Council, Citizens Advise Bureau Ōtaki and Energise Ōtaki is back to warm up the homes of Community Services Card holders in Ōtaki. The Bank makes it easier for local families to get free, lined curtains ahead of winter. Last year, over 50 families took up the opportunity and now it’s your turn.

So if you’re an Ōtaki family with a community services card, here’s what you need to know. The Curtain Bank offers free, fully lined curtains for main living areas and the bedrooms of children and elderly, and it’s available for both people who own their own homes and those renting. If you’re eligible you can pick up a curtain order form from the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Ōtaki, 65a Main Street, from Monday 24 April, or download the form from the Sustainability Trust Website. Return the form with your window measurements to the CAB by May 5, and then someone will be in touch with pick up dates for your curtains.

Feedback from last year’s families:

·         "The children's bedrooms are no longer freezing and the windows are dry in the morning.  I'm sure my children have less health problems now".

·         "It's amazing what a difference those curtains made to my living room. It's nice and cosy now and my electricity bill dropped by $30 a month"

·         "Double lining of curtains was something I never believed in until I got the curtains in June. Only then did I realise that I needed less wood for the fire and that there was no draft from the windows."

“Curtains are one of the most effective ways to keep heat inside the home, keeping people healthier and their power bills down. Lined curtains provide great window insulation as they prevent heat escaping through the glass,” says eco-design adviser Richard Morrison from the Kāpiti Coast District Council. If you want more tips for making your home warmer and healthier, you can get free advice and set up an in-home consultation with Richard by calling 027 5555 651 or 04 296 4651 or emailing richard.morrison@kapiticoast.govt.nz

To find out more about the curtain bank, or to donate, visit the Sustainability Trust's webpage