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Is it time to scrap portable gas heaters at home?

24 April 2018

Portable gas heaters that run off LPG have been banned in Canada, some US states and New South Wales, Australia. Will New Zealand follow suit? 

This article addresses the concerns with LPG portable gas heaters and compares them to the cost, convenience and comfort of natural gas.

Master Plumbers, New Zealand is in favour of taking portable gas heaters off the market, saying their risk to health is far too great. This call follows media attention around the Government’s new heating requirements that are a part of the Healthy Homes Act. 

 

Cost
Upfront, the cost of LPG is cheaper than natural gas with a flued connection if you’re just heating a room – and especially if you’re caring for a household of more than four people and incorporating gas-powered hot water and cooking. Long term though, you’re better off with a flued natural gas connection – even with a daily fixed charge. This is especially the case in Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu and Hawkes Bay where it’s possible (if your home is within 40 metres of our gas network) to receive a free connection.

Comfort
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world and according to Associate Professor Nevil Pierse, LPG fuelled portable gas heaters produce toxins high enough to cause respiratory problems in homes. They are also a fire risk. A modern natural gas internal hot water or heating connection in comparison includes a flue that carries combustion by-products outside. This also reduces condensation, keeping homes warm and dry over winter. 

Convenience
There’s convenience in the ability to easily move an LPG powered portable gas heater between rooms such as hallways and bedrooms in your home. It’s also though easy to put yourself or your family at risk by using them in these areas – especially if rooms aren’t properly ventilated. The close proximity of the burner to the gas bottle can also lead to fire hazards.

In comparison, with a flued natural gas heating appliance, it’s a matter of flicking a switch when you arrive home … or for some, pre-programming to switch on before you arrive home. There’s also no need to rush to the local store to top up your bottle.


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Gas Hob Flame Lite

Natural gas 101

20 April 2018

Is natural gas safe, how does it compare with electricity, how is it installed and what’s its future in New Zealand?

Is natural gas safe?
Yes. Natural gas is a stable fuel which in its pure form is non-toxic, odourless, colourless and tasteless.  A chemical called mercaptan is added as an odorant so homeowners can safely measure any escaping gas. All gas installations and gas appliances are covered by strict compliance regulations to ensure safety with natural gas having a strong safety record and reliability throughout the world.

Why use natural gas?
By using natural gas, you reduce demand on electricity supplies - it’s instant, economical, and more cost effective than electricity. The savings and average sized family can make in a year by using natural gas are huge. As an example, the standard power output of a portable electric heating appliance in your home is limited to 2.2 kilowatts; gas can deliver far in output of this.

How do I install natural gas?
It’s essential to book a gas fitter for any gas installation work around your home – they’re trained and licensed specialists in the installation of gas appliances and can also offer advice on the best system for your needs. It’s also essential (covered by law) that a registered gasfitter undertakes all gas installation work and supplies a gas certificate upon completion. This certificate confirms that pipes and appliances in your home have been tested and meet required standards and codes.

Will natural gas run out?
Home owners consume natural gas from a reticulated network along with light commercial and only account for 3% of current gas usage. Yes, exploration of natural gas will over the course of the next generations shift from offshore to onshore. This being said, natural gas has its place amongst renewables and electricity – especially at peak times when other fuels drop out or are charged at higher rates. The future holds a diverse array of energy options which are continually evolving … including the opportunity to include hydrogen in the mix. Watch this space …
Light Through Curtain Lite

Winter living domestic facelift

06 April 2018

We spend more time at home in winter, so why not use this season of hibernation as an opportunity to make complete use of our home – by bringing a level of comfort to the interior and indulging in an gas outdoor fireplace for cool crisp starry nights. Go all out and create the space of your dreams; or just spruce a few key elements to create a luxurious memorable winter with loved ones.

 

Don’t break the bank 
Start by making the most of what you’ve got with a resourceful plan and budget and focus on creating a functional but connected space. Pick one or two key interior features, such as colour, texture or materials and extend these out to your outdoor space for a sense of flow.

 
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise

Choose staple furniture that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing (and of quality workmanship and materials) that’s classic enough to last a good 20 years will stand you in good stead . Investing in quality staple furniture offers you to the opportunity to occasionally indulge in pops of seasonal colour with low cost accessories that will refresh your home and spirit. Think warm hues, alpaca blankets, sheepskin rugs  and velvet cushions for winter …

A gas outdoor fireplace – your backyard centrepiece
Add a centrepiece (such as a gas outdoor fireplace) to coax friends and family outdoors. Perfect for the occasional dinner party, gas outdoor fireplaces are stylish and energy efficient and will keep you and your guests snug all through the evening. They’re also easy to add if you’re already connected to natural gas, and will transform your patio into a gorgeous entertainment area.  Top it all off with some clever lighting; use downlighting for a gentle, diffused light, or uplighting for dramatic contrast.

 

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Gas Fire Lite

Flame effect fires, they’re flaming convenient

29 March 2018

Cold outside? Blowing a gale? Cozy up beside a flame-effect fire this winter and you won’t have a care in the world.  Real flames, real heat, and real convenience; a gas-powered fireplace will add value to your home in many ways.

Modern and clean burning, gas fireplaces come in elegant designs ranging from classic to contemporary - and styles abound for both indoors and out, in a variety of sizes.

Do you have an existing inbuilt wood burner? Choose a fire that can retrofit into that space. Thinking about heating the whole home? Large fires can produce a lot of heat with some brands offering an add-on ducting kit. This enables your gas fire to work as a central heating system, with outlets in multiple rooms throughout your home.

Fires heat efficiently and quickly with the added benefit of programmable timers - and some can even be controlled by your smartphone.  Natural gas fires are flued to keep the air in your home clean and healthy, and won’t contribute to smog on the outside.

Here are a few things to think about when choosing a gas fireplace:

  • Where will it be installed? Choose the right model for the right situation. There are models that can be freestanding, wall mounted or fitted into an existing fireplace.
  • Where do you want to mount your TV? On the wall above the fireplace?
  • How much heat output do you need? The larger the space the higher the heat output
  • How will it be flued? Gas fireplaces can be flued in a number of ways, so talk to a showroom or gasfitter about your options with various models.

There’s a look and size to suit everyone. For flaming fire inspiration, head over to our appliance gallery. 

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Smart Tech Lite

Spotlight on smart technology

23 March 2018

The concept of a smart home may conjure up images of ‘The Jetsons’ for some and wacko gizmos for others … for those on the know, it’s a growing industry that’s becoming commonplace and not just for the tech-savvy and wealthy. While in its infancy, opportunities to make our homes smarter are growing by the year, with 2018 offering further integration for homeowners as artificial intelligence becomes commonplace.

The efficiency of smart home technology
Apart from the convenience and peace of mind of smart technology, a huge benefit is the energy savings you and your wallet will enjoy. By being able to monitor and control your daily usage and being able to programme new habits, you’ll save on the energy your home uses and see a decrease in your monthly bills.

Making your home smart not only makes your life easier but has the potential to save your needs, reducing strain on natural resources.

By setting up your home with the latest smart technology, you can do practically anything remotely (via smartphones, tablets or the internet). Combined with your natural gas connection you can even control your gas heating when you’re not home, or turn it on for your arrival.

The ease of it all depending on your needs
There are three main elements: the hub, the devices, and the apps

1) The hub is the brains of the operation, as it is the central device which communicates with the app to the devices at home.

2) The devices on offer span a diverse range of functions - from voice, motion or touch control light switches to your home heating, and everything in between.

3) Your chosen devices all connect to the main hub. The app on your phone, computer or tablet lets you control the devices.

Smart natural gas
The beauty of technology surrounding natural gas in your home is that it remains as simple as flicking on a switch … whether that involves setting it to warm your home at particular times or adjusting to random cold snaps.
Easy as.


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Gas hub sponsorship Lite

The Gas Hub sponsorship - zero fizz and zero waste

16 March 2018

This past year The Gas Hub have focused our sponsorship on ‘zero fizz’ for health, and ‘zero waste’ for the environment. These efforts are in-line with our ethos of ‘feeling better all over’.

Included in this year’s sponsorship efforts is our principal sponsorship of ten week recreation programme Parks & Places, which has run from Upper Hutt to Wellington over the summer months and offered activities from roller skating, hapkido, target shooting, swimming, pilates, BMXing, boot camp, lawn bowls, cycling to Nordic walking.

This year has been a huge success for Parks and Places with ‘cracker’ summer days  - the hottest on record since the 1930’s, and a longer programme than previous years. The activities have also catered to around 5,000 active participants of all ages from under-fives to the wide range of low-impact YMCA classes for older locals; a great way to get the community together and implement wellbeing in our lives.

Other Gas Hub sponsorship activities have included the inclusion of Paloma natural gas hot water units at Lyall Bay Surf Club and support of Taranaki Cricket events.

Keen for sponsorship of your outdoor event, environmental cause or wellness programme?
If your opportunity fits the above criteria and you’re based in Wellington, Manawatu, Hawkes Bay or Taranaki, we recommend you contact us via marketing@thegashub.co.nz.

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Renovation lite

Renovations - a boom market

13 March 2018

In 2015, Statistics NZ figures revealed that we spent $1.5b on renovating houses in 2014 (a boom industry up 60% from 940 million in 2012). According to a report this month from realestate.co.nz, a large number of homeowners are continuing to renovate their homes vs step up the property ladder. It’s as much about lifestyle as it is about valuation.

Renovating is in our DNA - it’s a kiwi pastime. With a careful amount of planning, you can ensure you’re making considered changes to your home renovations that contribute to your lifestyle and the overall value of your home.

>  Ensure you’re not overcapitalising on your home
As a general rule of thumb, spend no more than 25% of the value of your home. Also scan other properties in your area – how does your home compare?  It’s also best to ensure any alterations are in keeping with the rest of your home.

> Consider your overall lifestyle over the coming years
If you’ve longed for a natural gas-powered outdoor spa pool, it may not increase the value of your home as much as natural gas powered central heating will though is likely to add a certain comfort to your day-to-day way of life.

> Consider quick fixes that instantly freshen your home on a budget
A simple wash of white paint throughout the interior is known to instantly update a home and contribute to a sense of lightness, openness and luxury. Landscaping has its merits too - a mass of green in your garden with the simplicity of white or purple flowers has also been known to add value - whilst increasing general wellbeing.

Ready to connect?

Add value to your property today and check out our free natural gas connection by contacting one of our friendly customer consultants:

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Winter Road Lite

Autumn - preparation for winter

09 March 2018

It’s that time again when nature prepares for a long winter’s rest and teaches us to do the same. When the crisp winds of autumn begin to blow, we need to tune in to its signal that it’s time to start slowing down and take an honest look at what’s working and what’s not in preparation for the harsher months.

 

We’re fortunate in New Zealand to have first world living conditions. That being said, being cold inside is an issue many either choose or have to put up with. As our lifestyles naturally change with the seasons, so should our homes.

 

 

As the days grow shorter, how do you prepare for winter? Here at The Gas Hub, we’re here to help you ease into the winter months in a comfortable cost-effective manner with our natural free gas connection and opportunity to power 70% of your home’s energy needs with natural gas.

 

Here are some key tips to help you prepare your home for winter:

 

Insulate your home

We’re a hardy lot … interestingly enough, insulation wasn’t introduced until 1978. Prior to that, wood burners were the norm – as was the concept of warming only those rooms that were being used the most. This concept remains alive and well in many parts of New Zealand, especially in older homes.

 

It doesn’t have to be this way; 30% of the heat generated in your home can be lost through an uninsulated ceiling and 10% through the floor - worth thinking about when you’re eagerly generating warm energy for your abode.

 

Luckily insulation is slowly becoming part of the norm and in many regions, subsidized by regional councils. Check with your local council if you’re eligible for funding towards insulation for your home.

 

Consider central heating

Central heating is considered the norm in Europe and America though perceived as a luxury in New Zealand with less than 5% of New Zealand homes centrally heated.

Despite an upfront cost of around $10,000 to install, the running cost of central heating is around 10 cents an hour – cheaper overall than electricity and more convenient than wood-fired heating or LPG. Your children will remain healthier through winter too.

 

Is central heating too much of an investment this year? If so, we recommend you start with a free natural gas connection for continuous hot water.

It’s the little things that count …
> Ensure your gas heating is flued to avoid condensation, mold and respiratory diseases

> Consider double glazed windows - to trap in the heat and minimize external noise

> Sort out any plumbing problems and clean your drains

> Check for patches of damp- leaks or broken windows

> Consider heavy curtains

> Heavy curtains to keep warmth in and draught out - wash with vinegar or mild bleach

> Wipe off any black mold on your walls, carpet, and curtains with mild bleach or vinegar

> Wipe down windows and walls to remove moisture

> Eliminate drafts with ‘door snakes’

> Open your windows every now and then to keep air circulated.

 

 

Ready to connect?
Add value to your property today by contacting one of our friendly customer consultants:

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E: info at the gashub.co.nz

 

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Outdoor House Lite

Your future gas supply

02 March 2018

A commonly held perception out on the streets of New Zealand and online is that natural gas is running out - in about ten years’ time. New Zealand gas isn’t forecast to run out; it’s forecast to play an integral part in an increasingly diverse range of energy options. The current gas reserves can meet residential and commercial needs for decades.

 

New Zealand isn’t physically connected to any international natural gas markets (by pipeline or LNG import/export facility). This means that any natural gas that’s discovered in New Zealand is to be consumed in New Zealand and not exported. Natural gas is currently produced from onshore or offshore wells in Taranaki with gas also been recently discovered down south too. 

The cost of natural gas in New Zealand has been moderate when compared to the cost of electricity and is forecast to remain this way. It’s also most efficient during peak demand - when electricity demand exceeds renewables and needs to tap into natural gas to meet demand. 

While the latest technology with renewables paint a fascinating future we can all look forward to, there will be times when mother nature can’t supply us with enough sunshine for solar, enough water for hydropower or enough wind for electricity.  Natural gas can and will conveniently and efficiently step in when other fuels can’t and remain part of an increasingly diverse range of energy options in the future.

The opportunities with natural gas and its place in renewable energy trends are changing too... South Australia has recently invested in breakthrough technology (a key milestone in efforts to decarbonize Australia’s gas networks) which enables hydrogen to store excess renewable energy in the state’s gas network. This stored energy (which essentially acts as a massive battery storage solution using existing infrastructure) can be instantly switched on at home or for power generation when required. 

This new technology offers better outcomes for Australian households and businesses, the environment and the economy. New Zealand - watch this space …

 

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Healthy Homes Bill

Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill

12 February 2018

According to The University of Otago, New Zealand’s average indoor winter temperature is only 16 degrees - two degrees below The World Health Organisation’s normal household temperature and five degrees below the recommended temperature for babies and the elderly.

Around 42,000 New Zealand children are admitted to hospital each year with respiratory and infectious diseases as a result of low-quality cold damp and moldy homes. Every year around 1,600 mainly older New Zealanders die from premature deaths, largely for the same reason.

The Government has recently passed a law which requires rentals to be warm, dry and well ventilated in a bid to increase housing quality and reduce the effects of cold damp and moldy homes on the health of kiwis.

 

The Healthy Homes Act will cover heating, insulation, ventilation, draught stopping, drainage, and moisture, in a bid to ensure rental properties meet global standards of living.

 

If you’re a landlord, you’ll need to guarantee by 1 July 2019 that any new tenancy is properly insulated and contains a fixed heating source. All tenancies must meet these new standards by July 1, 2024. Your property may already meet these standards. Though if you need to upgrade your property, government grants for installing heating and insulation will be available."

 

Offering an integrated heating and ventilation system for your rental reduces the chance of mildew and condensation build up and the overall cost of heating for your tenants in winter. Installing natural gas with a free connection reduces your upgrade costs and offers your tenants long-term affordable heating.

 

The cost, comfort, and control natural gas offers to yourself and your tenants is a win-win situation for all:

> free to connect if your property is in Wellington, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay or Manawatu - if you install gas hot water and /or central heating within 40 meters of the gas pipe in your street
> can power 70% of your tenant's energy needs (heating, hot water, and cooking)
> long-term affordable and energy efficient: big savings can be made compared to electricity per unit when there’s a full gas energy setup for the house
> clean burning  which means it doesn’t add moisture or dampness to your property (so it’s safe for tenants with asthma or respiratory illnesses)
> continuous hot water that costs less but is always hot and can be set at a safe temperature
> instantly available at the flick of a switch - helping your tenants to warm up quicker in winter
> adds value to your property and sets you up as a landlord who cares about the health and wellbeing of your tenants.

 

Ready to connect? Add value to your property today by contacting one of our friendly customer consultants:

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Sunset Family Lite

New year resolutions and the power of natural gas

02 February 2018

While a long-held tradition - especially in the western hemisphere, less than 10% of people keep to their new year’s resolutions. There’s a number of reasons for this including setting overly ambitious and restrictive goals, getting derailed by others plans and small failures or simply forgetting about what you’ve started. This being said, those who make smart New Year resolutions are more likely to succeed than those who decide to make life changes during other times of the year.

While goal-oriented methods with an end result work well for some, there’s a new train of thought that recommends that we focus on our process, journey and feelings – as these affect our actions. Quoting Epicurus “It’s not what we have but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance.”

A simple resolution that will pay off, in the long run, is to consider the comforts of your home and the effect these have on other resolutions such as feeling healthy and warm, with greater control over unnecessary costs and the freedom to enjoy more of life’s luxuries.

Your home - a hub of comfort and health
There’s huge comfort in arriving home from the pressures of a hectic day at work and sub-Antarctic chills that hit close to the bone, to know that at a flick of a switch, your home will be heated within a matter of minutes and your health remains a priority. You’ll also take comfort in knowing that you can take time out to mindfully bathe in continuous hot water that can be set at a comfortable and safe temperature and won’t suddenly run cold. And when you’re back in the kitchen, your dinner can be seared to perfection with the speed and precision of the master chef you’ve aspired to become.

Greater control over costs and the freedom to enjoy life
Having greater control over the cost of your energy bills and increase in wellbeing offers you a greater ability to get out there and enjoy life’s luxuries - and necessities. Connect for free to natural gas for your hot water, heating, and cooking and expect to pay around one-third of the cost of electricity. Natural gas appliances are also becoming increasingly smarter and more efficient. With up to 7 star ratings and 95% efficiency ratings, you’ll find they are costing a lot less to run.

Find out more about connecting for free to natural gas.

The Gas Hub – your natural gas connection.

Entertaining Lite

Outdoor entertaining with gas

24 January 2018

Summer – our quintessential season of effortless outdoor living and entertaining …

There’s something magical about entertaining under the stars and basking in the warm glow of a natural gas outdoor fireplace.
The lighter evenings spell the beginning of backyard BBQ season and opportunity to savour each passing day 
… it’s a great way to extend your living area and make summer go on and on.

Bring the indoors outdoors
If you’re keen for an outdoor lifestyle this summer, we recommend you consider extending your natural gas connection to fuel your BBQ, spa, swimming pool and outdoor fire. Natural gas performs just as well outside your home as it does inside. If you already use natural gas for hot water, it’s cheaper than bottled gas and it never runs out unexpectedly.

Designer gas appliances abound
There’s a huge range of outdoor gas fires available so it’s easy to find a style that’s a perfect fit for your home. Choose a casual rustic look or make an architectural statement with a sleek, contemporary design. Or pick a double-sided design that provides a stunning fireplace for your living area and an outdoor fire all in the same stylish unit.

Increase the value of your home
Whatever the look, it’s bound to add to the appeal of your home. When it comes time to sell, your outdoor living space could be just the feature that catches a buyer’s eye and turns ‘like it’ into ‘love it’. Modern outdoor gas-powered fireplaces are designed to be functional too – with touch pad controls, clever safety features and weatherproof design.  

Enjoy your spa pool leisure at a third of the cost
Power your outdoor spa pool with natural gas when you want to and enjoy the savings.  It’ll be more economical because you’ll already be using gas indoors, and variable energy rates are about a third the price of electricity.

The luxury of a heated swimming pool

Enjoy the luxury of heating your swimming pool at a fraction of an electricity heated swimming pool … makes sense if you live in a less than tropical climate.

Turn bath time into ‘you time’
Make use of summer fixed costs and the efficiency of ‘unlimited’ hot water by enjoying luxury gas powered bath time. Gas continuous hot water systems heat the water as you need it so you never have to run out. Time spent in the water needn’t be just for the outdoors.

Installing gas outside is ‘simple as’
A licenced gas fitter will be able to help extend your connection outdoors. Installation is as simple as installing one or more bayonet points and a socket to plug your natural gas outdoor appliances into your outdoor entertaining area. Once installed, it’s easy to start – just flick the switch.
Head here for a list of licensed reputable gas fitters in your area.

The Gas Hub – your natural gas connection.

Xmas Lite

Cook'n with gas this Kiwi Christmas?

19 December 2017

Christmas on a scorching summer day – it’s a kiwi pastime.

Your collective Christmas feast is prepared, and everyone’s enjoying the aroma of freshly caught snapper and scallops sizzling on the barbeque when the gas bottle dies … leaving you with no option but to cook inside, or make a mad dash to the service station. It doesn’t have to be that way. Natural gas is a non-stop fuel supply that gives you the freedom to stay out of the kitchen and enjoy the party. Get a natural gas-powered barbeque and stay connected 24/7.

Here’s why cookin’ with gas this Kiwi Christmas is better …

The effortless convenience of a switch
On the spur of the moment, gas powered bbq’s win over LPG, wood or charcoal. Natural gas is the restaurant industry standard because it’s so easy to control. As with restaurant gas powered ovens, gas powered bbqs run on speed and efficiency; the hob is hot from the get go, and cools down instantly. Instant heat with a natural gas powered bbq means far less preparation and more time with your family.

The convenience of a pro
Natural gas is the restaurant industry standard because it is so easy to control. Restaurants run on speed and efficiency; the hob is hot from the get go, and cools down instantly. With a gas powered bbq, you can channel your inner master-chef and get creative; quickly roast vegetables on the open flame without the fuss and wait of the oven or for the more adventurous, light brandy in a pan on fire to flambé for that delicious smoky flavour.

A portable connection to the indoors
Some portable barbeques can be configured to run on natural gas. Have some bayonet points installed by your gas fitter and you can move your barbeque, patio heaters and other natural gas appliances around by plugging them in at different spots around your deck or yard.

Kinder on the environment than coal and efficient use of energy
If you’re conscious of your green footprint, we recommend you choose gas over coal to power your Christmas bbq. Natural gas is a clean-burning transition fuel– so you can rest assured you’re not harming the environment while you’re enjoying the great outdoors. Using gas to cook is really efficient too … when you need it, it’s on; when you don’t, it’s off, so you only pay for what you use.



Cycling Hot Water Lite

Summer Water Heating and Fixed Costs

07 December 2017

The shower goes on, the shampoo comes out, the water goes cold …. you may be familiar with this scenario.

According to Energywise, electric hot water cylinders are still the most common form of hot water heating in New Zealand. That being said, around 95% of people using natural gas hot water choose continuous flow. This energy efficient cost saving option enables them to opt out of the all too common electric cylinder ‘ice bucket challenge.’

Electric hot water cylinders have been part of our homes for decades, but there are now alternatives that can do the job better for less money – especially over the long term.

Key benefits of natural gas continuous flow units include:

> only heating what you need and paying for what you use
When you turn on the tap, there’s no need to store any water – and no standing losses. The earth will thank you and so will your wallet!

> on par with the cost of installing an electric cylinder and cheaper to run over time
Natural gas prices have been consistently lower than electricity and they’re expected to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Even with a fixed charge for gas, your natural gas connection will always work out a cheaper option to other types of water heating systems in a typical kiwi household.

> an endless supply of hot water that’s efficient to run.
Instant gas hot water systems provide continuous hot water that never goes cold, as the water is heated as it flows to the tap. That offers you the comfort and convenience of no more running out of hot water mid-lather.

> efficient use of your household space
Your instant gas unit sits on the outside of your house and unlike a hot water cylinder, doesn’t take up precious cupboard real-estate.

> control of heat

Many modern units let you set the temperature with a control panel, making them a safer choice for families with young children.

Keen to connect?
If you’re keen for natural gas hot water heating though yet to connect natural gas to your home, we recommend you contact the The Gas Hub team on 0508 GAS HUB or visit our website:
thegashub.co.nz. You might even be eligible for a FREE connection saving you around $2000.

And if you’re already connected to natural gas though want hot water, we recommend you contact a local gas fitter to carry out the work of connecting this unit to the outside of your home. Lastly, for further information on continuous flow units, head to
thegashub.co.nz to our hot water heating comparison tool and to visit our appliance directory.

The Gas Hub – your natural gas connection.
Gas Hob lite

Service your gas appliance

12 December 2017

When it comes to your home, nothing compares to natural gas. A natural gas powered home is warm, dry and luxuriously comfortable with better control and big savings over electricity. Though as you would with a car – or yourself, servicing your gas appliances at least every two years ensures validity of the warranty, extends the life and performance of energy in your home and prevents small issues from becoming big ones.

Natural gas appliances are incredibly efficient when well maintained and serviced. Some appliances promote 95% efficiency and 7 star ratings – so they cost a lot less to run than electrical appliances. Even with daily fixed charges, natural gas will almost always work out a cheaper option for families and busy households. Smart appliance technology, outstanding efficiency and lower per kilowatt prices for natural gas mean lower energy bills for most homes.     

While most appliances will last a good ten years, to maintain cost efficiency and safety of your gas appliances over time, we recommend:

Service your appliance at least every two years
Consider this a spring clean for a comfortable safe and efficient winter…
Each appliance will have efficiency ratings. Check on your heater, boiler, gas hob and other gas appliances for the manufacturer’s ratings and recommended maintenance. Brands such as Rinnai, Paloma and Bosche recommend that you service your appliance at least every two years. Check their websites for further advice and nominated service agents.

Only have an authorised gas fitter check your appliance
New Zealand’s Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB) offers a host of information on how to sort the pros from the cons.
They recommend that you shop around for a range of quotes and if you have doubts about your tradesperson, searching for them on the PGDP public register or requesting a copy of their NZ practicing licence. You can also phone PGDB on 0800 743 262 for this information.
All authorised tradesperson are required to carry their NZ practicing license.

Upgrade your tired appliances with modern technology
Modern gas appliances have made massive leaps and bounds in the technology and looks department.
Want a smart home with the comfort, cost and control of modern gas? With modern natural gas appliances you’ll enjoy programmable timers and thermostats, flick of the switch ignition, wireless/wifi remote control, and smartphone apps that put control firmly in your hands. There’s a good chance your modern gas appliance will be more efficient too.

Natural gas continuous hot water allows you to control the temperature of your hot water and set it – with the push of a button – to a level that’s safe and comfortable for your family. And if you love to cook, you’ll know that professional chefs and the very best cooks prefer to cook with gas.

If your appliance hasn’t been serviced properly for a while or you feel it’s not operating correctly and you’re unsure who your manufacturer would recommend, head to
The Gas Hub website for recommended service agents and special offers on new appliances.

Here’s to energy efficient comfortable and safe homes,

The Gas Hub – your natural gas connection.