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14 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, March 30, 2017 www.times.co.nz OUR HOMES TODAY CHAIRS $65 inc GST STOOLS From $35 inc GST www.braycostainless.co.nz Call Chrissy 09 271-5000 or visit our warehouse 6C Lorien Place, East Tamaki CP0940-V5 TABLES From $75 inc GST CLEARANCE SALE Limited Stock • Must Go! *Terms & conditions apply. Valid until April 21, 2017 • Superior quality • Buy NZ made • Floors available www.galaxystorage.co.nz Samples on display at 55 Allens Road, East Tamaki. Call now 0800 743 3748. FREE DELIVERY & ASSEMBLY* CP1381-V2 FREE DELIVERY SUPER EASTER SALE! www.elitebathroomware.co.nz 59 ALLENS ROAD, EAST TAMAKI | 09 274 7030 Free in-home measure & quote Free project management from start to finish Showroom consulation for product choice Qualified designers & tradesmen RENOVATION SERVICE CP1372=V2 Choosing a heater can be confusing, with a multitude of choices and offers to consumers. Eeca Energywise says how you use a room will help you to decide the type of heater that’s most suitable. Technical expert Christian Hoerning says that for larger rooms you want to heat regularly, like a living room, it’s worth pay- ing a bit more upfront for a fixed heater with lower running costs and more heat output than an electric heater can provide. “This could be a modern wood or wood-pellet burner, an Energy Star qualified heat pump, or an Energy Star qualified flued gas heater. Electric heaters may be enough for smaller rooms and rooms you only heat occasionally, like bedrooms - they’re cheap to buy but more expensive to run,” he says. Heat pumps Good for: ■■ Low running costs when you use them properly ■■ Producing instant heat ■■ Convenience – you can control the temperature with the ther- mostat and use the timer. Be aware that: ■■ They must be sized correctly for the space and the climate to work well - if you live in a colder area, ask the supplier to size the heat pump based on its low tem- perature performance ■■ Some are a lot more efficient than others. ■■ They won’t work during a power cut. Modern Woodburners Good for: ■■ Low running costs, especially if you have access to free or cheap firewood ■■ The environment – they pro- duce very little pollution and use renewable wood energy ■■ Heating large spaces ■■ Heating hot water in winter through a wetback system Be aware that: ■■ Firewood must be dry to burn efficiently – store wood under cover, ideally for at least 12 months ■■ You need a building consent to install one and you need to use a woodburner on the approved list from the Ministry for the Envi- ronment (unless your property is bigger than two hectares). Wood pellet burners Good for: ■■ The environment – the pellets are made from waste products and burn cleanly ■■ Heat control (better than a wood burner) ■■ Heating large spaces ■■ Heating hot water in winter through a wetback system. Be aware that: ■■ They won’t work if your elec- tricity isn’t working (they use a small amount of electricity ■■ You cannot burn firewood in a pellet burner ■■ Pellet prices vary greatly across the country – check prices in your area ■■ You need a building consent to install one ■■ Only authorised burners can be used in areas with poor air quality. Flued gas (natural or LPG) heaters or fireplaces Good for: ■■ Convenience – you can control the temperature with the ther- mostat and use the timer ■■ Heating larger spaces. Be aware that: ■■ You will have to pay a fixed price for reticulated gas supply ■■ Running costs are relatively high if you use LPG bottles ■■ While burning gas is rela- tively clean, the greenhouse gas emissions contribute to climate change ■■ You must have your gas heater installed by a registered gas fitter. Electric heaters Good for: ■■ Heating smaller spaces like bedrooms ■■ Very cheap to buy. Be aware that: ■■ They are more expensive to run than most other heating options ■■ Their heat output is low com- pared to most other heater types ■■ All electric heaters are equally efficient as they convert all the electricity they use into useful heat ■■ There are different types (radi- ant, convection, fan) that deliver heat in different ways to suit dif- ferent situations ■■ Many have built in thermo- stats but they generally aren’t very accurate. Central heating Good for: ■■ Providing heating for your entire house ■■ Convenience – you can control the temperature with the ther- mostat and use the timer zoning – many are zone-controlled so you can control the temperature in different parts of the house. Be aware that: ■■ They can be expensive to install ■■ Heat can be supplied by a range of heating systems, for example gas, wood pellet or heat pump ■■ It’s worth choosing a system that has an individual thermostat for each room ■■ They can be expensive to run if you home isn’t well insulated or is draughty. Unflued gas (natural or LPG) heaters, including portable gas heaters Good for: ■■ Back-up heating during power cuts, if your normal heating relies on electricity to operate. Be aware that: ■■ Portable gas heaters are the most expensive form of heating (except for some open fires) ■■ There are health risks – these heaters will pollute your home with toxic gases and large amounts of water vapour so you must keep at least one window open when heating and never use in bedrooms ■■ They can make your home damp and mouldy ■■ Portable gas heaters can be a fire risk – anything left too close can catch fire. ■■ For more information: www. energywise.govt.nz dECisions, dECisions: It’s never too early to begin thinking about your heating options before winter sets in. Top tips for choosing your heaters Feedback sought Public feedback is invited on the refresh of the Future Urban Land Supply Strategy and updating the sequencing of land identified for future urban development. Following changes arising from the Auckland Unitary Plan, particularly live zoning, some areas can be brought forward, enabling earlier development, while other areas are put back due to infrastructure and funding constraints. Rural Settlements are now also included in the structure plan. “Updating this strategy will ensure that clarity and certainty continues to be provided on the future development of Auckland, particularly for housing and employment land provision,” says councillor Chris Darby, chair of the Planning Committee. “We also know more about bulk infrastructure costs for these areas, which gives us a valuable insight into how we must prepare to meet growth demands. Obviously we can’t develop everywhere at once, so we have to make informed choices on the order and timing.” The existing strategy was adopted in 2015 and covered future development potential for 11,000 hectares of greenfield land in north, north-west and south Auckland. The Auckland Unitary Plan now includes approximately 15,000 hectares of future urban land, which will enable around 136,000 new houses.
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