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The Curtain Bank is back

Curtain Bank: Free lined curtains for families with a Community Services Card - a warmer house in 2018

Ōtaki Community Service Card Holders can again apply this year for fitted lined curtains for their living room. Pick up your application form now at the Citizens Advice Bureau Ōtaki (65A Main Street) and drop the completed form with your curtain measurements at CAB between 5-16 March.  Curtains can be provided for children's bedrooms also. Those with respiratory health issues also qualify for bedroom curtains.

Lined curtains, insulation and draught stoppers around windows and doors are a positive step towards a healthy home, leading to a reduction in power and medical bills and an estimated 60% of heat loss.

The Mobile Curtain Bank is an initiative supported by Energise Otaki Inc., the Kapiti Coast District Council and the Citizens Advice Bureau Otaki, in partnership with the Sustainability Trust in Wellington.

"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" Katarina tells us.

Maria told us that "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"

Patrick reports "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."


Please share this information with anyone you know in the Ōtaki area and let's get cosy before winter!


“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.