Frequently Asked Questions
- Gas is convenient. It is clean, instant, and highly efficient.
- Gas is a powerful and responsive energy source. With gas appliances you are in control.
- For example the standard power output of a portable electrical heating appliance in your home is limited to 2.2 kilowatts. Gas can deliver an output far in excess of this.
- Gas is economical. Gas can be as much as 9¢* per kilowatt cheaper than electricity. For the average family this could easily equate to over $500 a year. What’s the difference between LPG and Natural Gas?
- Natural Gas is a natural resource found in subterranean pockets throughout the world. In New Zealand we have gas fields primarily in the Taranaki region. Gas is then piped from the fields to homes and business in major towns and cities in the North Island.
- LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) is separated from Natural Gas at the source as it is mined. It’s then transported around the country (and the world) to be sold for home and commercial use in pressurised gas tanks or bottles.
(Source: New Zealand Plumber’ Journal Vol. 59, No. 6, Dec 2007/Jan 2008, Pg 12): Rinnai NZ Ltd sets out to dispel what it calls ‘common gas myths’. The greatest threat that we have to our natural resources and the preservation of our environment is our lack of knowledge”, says a Rinnai media release. “Gas is a resource that is generally misunderstood and under-rated as a viable energy supply. There are many myths surrounding gas that need to be quashed!” Myth 1: Most people believe that gas is a resource that is running out. In fact New Zealand already has numerous natural gas fields capable of supplying our future needs. Other discoveries are continuing to be developed for the near future. Other discoveries are continuing to be developed for the near future. Created over millennia by soil, forest and fossil layers being compacted, this resource will be experience loss if the rain fails to come, the wind fails to blow or a storm knocks over a power line. Myth 2: Gas is old fashioned. The fact is gas is future thinking because it’s more efficient than electricity as it is the direct use of gas. Electricity uses gas to become a final product, using two energy resources-gas and water-to achieve the same end result that the direct use of gas achieves far more easily. Myth 3: Gas supply is more expensive than electricity. Because gas is a more efficient resource, it also stands to reason that gas is comparatively cheaper than electricity. For example, certain gas appliance manufacturers (such as Rinnai) have ranges that can provide up to 95 per cent energy efficiency, which means lower running costs, saving up to half the costs of an electricity supplied appliance. Myth 4: Gas appliances are dangerous. Gas is a natural and stable fuel that you can rely on for energy requirements. Check that the gas supplier and manufacturer is a member of the Gas Appliance Suppliers Association Gas Safe programme and carries the Gas Safe logo. This is an assurance that appliances are compliant with NZ safety requirements. Visit www.rinnai.co.nz for more information or to request a brochure.