For most of us, hot water is the number one reason to connect to natural gas. It’s a really effective way to heat water for your home and could cost you less than heating it with electricity – especially if you have an old, inefficient electric cylinder or if you’re already using natural gas at home.
Use nature's power of the sun and gas for a balanced energy mix
Looking to harness the power of the sun to power your place but concerned about what happens when it’s dark, cloudy or a rainy day? Partner with natural gas as a backup for a balanced solution.
Use it or lose it
With solar, sadly your energy source disappears with the setting sun, and batteries to store solar power are still fairly expensive. It’s worth thinking about your household situation when sizing up solar for your place.
You can power your whole house with solar energy, but have hot water and heating supplied by natural gas; ensuring that the shower will always be hot, and in winter your home is warm, dry and cosy.
Solar can get a boost from gas
If you have a busy household with heavy hot water demand, solar works well with a secondary power source like natural gas. Some gas continuous hot water systems are solar-compatible, so you can ensure that when the sun loses its heat your hot water system won’t.
Are you based in Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu or Hawke’s Bay? You may be able to connect your home to gas for free with The Gas Hub.
Enter your address in our gas checker for an instant result on whether you're within the free gas connection range!
We also have a very useful hot water cost comparison tool that compares upfront and running costs within our natural gas network regions. Find out whether a natural gas, electricity, LPG, or solar hot water system could be the right solution for you. Try our hot water cost comparison tool now.
Looking to compare gas pricing in NZ? Use our hot water cost comparison tool to compare different options for heating the water at your place.
Compare natural gas, electricity, LPG and solar hot water systems. It only takes a few minutes to calculate the estimated running costs and upfront costs for your household to see how much you could save.