Nor West News : March 17th 2011
17 NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 17, 2011 Home garden Advertising Feature Six Year Warranty Energy Efficient Quiet and Discreet • • • visit us: 12/318 Beach Haven Rd Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm Call for your FREE quote: 0800 4 FONKO (0800 4 36656) NOW installing HITACHI Heat Pumps! roofing solar heating pump shop pool & spa filtration + 412 9108 156 Main Road Kumeu email@example.com www.kpl.co.nz Your local plumbers since 1974 plumbing Your septic tank should be cleaned every 3 years (average family of four) We service all areas Phone: 412 9210 or 0274 924 494 SEPTIC & WATER TANK CLEANING urnetts B 2584983AA 906 State Highway 16, Waimauku PH: 09 411 8002 25% OFF WALLACE WATER PUMPS 20% OFF SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS 20% OFF WATER FILTERS 15% OFF EVERYTHING ELSE INSTORE SEE YOU AT THE SHOW! Month of March Kumeu Show Specials Bring this coupon and receive 3146481AM Funding for heat pump water heaters Homeowners who would like to switch over to more efficient water heating can now apply for funding towards the cost of a heat pump water heater. Under the Government s EnergyW- ise funding programme, homeowners can receive $575 towards the cost of buying and installing a heat pump water heater. Heat pump water heaters are a rela- tively new water heating technology. They work in a similar way to a tra- ditional heat pump, using heat from the outside air or ground to heat water, which is stored in an insulated hot water tank. EECA chief executive Mike Underhill says the availability of this grant for a new water heating tech- nology is good news for both homeowners and for the industry. Water heating makes up around 30 percent of an average household s energy use, but often people use more energy than they need to get the hot water they want. Mike says. Heat pump water heaters use less energy, cost less to run and result in fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard electric cylinders. An EECA study of heat pump water heaters in 127 houses showed that, on average, they used 56 percent less energy than a cylinder-based electric storage system. The heat pump system also com- pared well with solar water heating in terms of energy savings. The funding for heat pump water heating complements the Government s existing grant scheme for solar water heating installation. For more information about the EnergyWise grants for efficient water heating and for information about heat pump water heaters visit www.energy- wise. govt.nz. The EnergyWise funding pro- gramme supports new, energy efficiency technologies as they become established in the market place. A total of $250,000 has been allocated for the grants, to June 2011. Heat pumps range in price from $4000 before installation costs. The grant is available for eligible systems, from registered providers only. There are currently four registered providers offering the grants -- Aquafire Industries Limited, Econergy Limited, Quantum Energy Technologies Pty and Rheem New Zealand Limited. Public should check plumber's license Master Plumbers, Gas- fitters & Drainlayers says homeowners should safeguard themselves by asking to see a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer s license before they carry out any work. The industry marked World Plumbing Day last Friday and Master Plumbers chief executive Fiona Gavriel says it was a chance to focus on how crucial plumbing is to New Zealanders health and safety. That has been drama- tically reinforced by the two Christchurch earth- quakes. Our members have been working around the clock to restore supplies of drinking water and wastewater systems to hospitals, homes, schools and businesses. They are working long hours in stressful conditions and making a huge contribution to the city s recovery, she says. Ms Gavriel says it is crucial to use one of New Zealand s 9000 fully licensed tradesmen to carry out plumbing, gas- fitting and drainlaying. Not only do home and business owners deserve to have work completed by a trusted tradesman, they also risk losing the right to claim insurance if they don t use a fully registered plumber. She says while it might feel awkward to ask to see tradesmen s credentials, the move reduces risk. There are too many people working in this space who are fraudu- lently presenting them- selves as licensed practitioners when they are not. Consumers don t need that. Consumers can also check business owners listings in the phone book and on the Masters Plumbers website: www.masterplumbers .org.nz and can check accreditation by going to the website of the body responsible for regis- tration and licensing -- the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board: www.pgdb.co.nz. The New Zealand industry is rigorously regulated to ensure the highest standards of sanitation and safety. New legislation came into effect last year to ensure best practise around safeguarding public health, preventing damage to properties and protecting con- sumers. To mark World Plumb- ing Day, the industry training board for plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers has sent information about careers in the industry to all New Zealand secondary schools. New Zealand s top master plumber for 2011 will be announced at the end of this month.
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