Saying goodbye to gas also means no more endless showers. Though you’ll need a water tank, Consumer NZ research has found that many modern designs do away with the bulky indoor tank and associated hot water cupboards. There are also options for outdoor tanks.
"Annually a gas connection costs $550 on average, so foregoing a new connection and selecting more energy efficient space and water heating can end up saving you a lot of money over the years, and you'll be running a greener home. That said, work will need to be done to help those in rural communities with unreliable connections transition away from their current dependency on gas in the period between 2025 and 2050 if the Climate Change Commission recommendations are adopted," says le Page.
"New Zealand's electricity generation is primarily from renewable sources. While gas is a one-time deal that’s extracted from the ground and, in the process of you using it, pumps CO2 into the air. If you're weighing up gas versus electricity when renovating or replacing, consider all the factors and know that the future of gas is on shaky ground."
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