Reach for the stars!
A great way to choose your appliances is to compare brands and products by looking at the Energy Rating labels.
Gas water and home heaters have these labels, which show how energy efficient a product is - the more stars, the better it will be for your pocket and the environment. The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) recommends choosing a flued gas space heater with a four star rating or higher. While appliances with higher star ratings may cost more to buy initially, you can save money in fuel over time.
Also look out for the Energy Star sticker on gas heaters and fires – Energy Star is awarded to qualified products and appliances with superior energy efficiency.