One new boiler and six gripes

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ROB STOCK

With a hiss and a bang, my wa­ter cylin­der gave up the ghost af­ter 28 years.

I ex­pe­ri­enced the sink­ing feel­ing you get when it’s time to call a plumber.

I was about to get a great deal poorer.

Also, I knew next to noth­ing about wa­ter heat­ing op­tions.

Haste and ig­no­rance are the en­e­mies of good de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Thank heav­ens for the in­ter­net, and the Energy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity’s (EECA) wa­ter heat­ing com­par­i­son cal­cu­la­tor.

It lets you plug in your own num­bers (power costs/us­age/ in­stal­la­tion cost) to come up with ball-park an­nual and life­time costs for dif­fer­ent wa­ter heat­ing sys­tems.

Not ev­ery­thing was great in 48-hour quest to rein­tro­duce hot wa­ter into my life.

I was about to ex­pe­ri­ence a re­fresher in the less ad­mirable as­pects mod­ern con­sumer life.

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