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Winter heating Advertising Feature
Making the most of your fire
A large number of New Zealand
homes are heated in winter
courtesy of a multi-fuel burner,
wood burner or open fire.
Very few of these, however, are connected to
the hot water
cylinder, which when used frequently
during the colder months of the year consumes a
large amount of electricity to keep the
temperature at a required level.
Throughout the months of May, June, July and
August, traditionally the coldest months of the
year in southern regions, the mere thought of
limiting ones shower time to three or four
minutes or only doing the washing once a week
to help keep the power bill at a manageable
level is something the majority of us would
rather not contemplate.
Most people would rather face the bottom figure
of the household bill instead and worry about
paying it at a later date.
However there may be an alternative. Looking to
the past may provide simple solutions for
Working on the same principle as a coal range -
the heating as well as cooking system found in
thousands of homes in the early 1900s, piping is
connected from the main heat source to the
cylinder and whenever the fire is in use the water
Of course there are still some costs attached to
this and you still have to purchase fuel for the
fire whether that is wood, coal, wood pellets or a
combination of all three.
And while you will have to continue to empty
the ash pan regularly, it's a small price to pay
when you consider the overall amount you'll
save heating water.
The one thing to keep in mind though is to turn
down the thermostat on your hot water cylinder
before you employ the services of your wet back.
There's little or no point in having the
temperature set at 20 degrees or above when
the warm glow from the fire is enough.
You don't want the hot water cylinder imploding
because the outer structure cannot handle the
constant boiling water inside or the majority of
that valuable hot water is flowing forth from the
If you are in the process of
building a new house, its
location on the section and
window sizing should be such
that it is able to soak up as much
passive energy from the sun as
possible, no matter what the
This coupled with good insulation
will ensure that precious heat is
In fact research shows that if
every home in the country had
adequate insulation in just their
ceiling, the country would save
seven per cent on residential
In addition to decent insulation in
your home, choosing the most
appropriate heating is another
A fair amount of research should
be done prior to installation.
Attractive open fireplaces are
certainly a thing of the past and
should be replaced with a new,
high-efficiency, clean burning
Pellet fires too are becoming
increasingly popular and are one
of the most environmentally
friendly ways of heating.
Wood pellets emit up to 0.7
grams of fine particle soot for
every kilogram of fuel burnt
compared to almost 1 gram from
the cleanest wood burner.
Popular too are heat pumps,
tripling in sales over the last six
years and consistently improving
These reverse cycle heating units
take heat from the air outside
your home and transfer it inside
and are up to five times more
efficient than a conventional
There are huge differences in
efficiency and running costs
throughout the heat pump range
so it is important you get one
matched to the size of the area
you are wanting to heat.
Another way to ensure efficiency
within the home is to insulate
your hot water cylinder.
This will prevent unnecessary
Further advances in energy
efficiency include using solar
power to heat water and recently
some homeowners have invested
in domestic wind turbines which
are becoming increasingly
efficient and more affordable.
Where appliances are concerned,
choose Energy Star* rated
appliances and low energy eco-
bulbs, switch off lights when not
in use and appliances at the wall.
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