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Kiwis urged to use more gas in Earth Hour initiative

Kiwis urged to use more gas in Earth Hour initiative

In a ‘Beyond Earth Hour’ initiative, New Zealanders are being urged to switch their electric space and water heating, and cooking to cleaner gas and LPG options.

Gas New Zealand spokesperson, Ray Ferner, says displacing electricity with gas and LPG as a home energy source can help to reduce CO2 emissions and lower other environmental impacts.

“LPG and natural gas are low carbon fuels. Making more use of them can be better for the planet than many people realise,” Mr Ferner said.

He said research commissioned by the Gas Industry Company, an industry-government regulatory body, showed that said replacing all of New Zealand’s electric hot water heating with instantaneous gas systems would cut C02 emissions by 430,000 tonnes per annum.

Another report done by the Centre for Advanced Engineering, which is based at the University of Canterbury, shows that using gas and LPG for water and space heating, instead of electricity, could cut New Zealand’s CO2 output by nearly two million tonnes pa.

“This kind of independent research highlights the environmental benefits of using gas and LPG. Making more use of them as energy sources in the home, instead of electricity, would benefit our environment, which is very much in keeping with the Earth Hour message.”


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