Electricity still the leading choice for home heating in New Zealand

Penny - Population expert

Based in New Zealand, Penny primarily looks after our Kiwi clients but also lends her expertise to the Australian context. Penny has extensive experience as a Communication Manager in Local Government and has a degree in Business and Communications. She also brings a breadth of generalist management experience in fields as varied as research, civil defence, project and event management, marketing and training. Penny’s knowledge combined with the .id tools help clients work with their communities to empower grass roots decision-making, advocacy and grant applications, and focus on strengthening council-community relationships. Penny has a rural property and enjoys growing and eating food and wine, which she runs, walks, bikes or swims off, when she’s not in the art studio.

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  1. Cherie says:

    The shift to electricity is possibly influenced by the clean air push driven through the Ministry for the Environment and air quality standards – even relatively modern (and sometimes quite efficient) fireboxes are being outlawed by regional councils on this basis, with financial incentives from EECA, regional councils or both to replace them with heatpumps or new “clean air” fireboxes. Heatpumps are often the cheaper installed option, but increase that reliance on electricity.
    The decline of bottled gas heating is good if it refers to unducted, often (not always) freestanding gas heaters, which release a lot of dampness into the house and can emit dangerous gases. Along with a lack of ventilating houses (as people seem to have lost the awareness that opening doors and windows, to let out the damp air people breathe out, is one of the best ways to keep your home dry and mould-free) gas heating is a health curse.

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