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Since the coming into force some twelve months ago of the Government Electric Water-Heating Order which stipulated that all water-heat-ing systems must be metered and supplied with thermostats by the i end of March this year, 7000 of the 10,000 flat rate water-heaters in I Auckland have been metered while thermostats have been installed in about 1000 cases. A condition of the order was that labour and material should be available for the changeover from the flat rate system and where these factors caused difficulty it was open for the supply authorities concerned to determine when the work should be carried out. Sufficient thermostats are on hand to supply Auckland's immediate needs. Up to now the Auckland Electric Power Board has made the changeover when requested by the consumer or when there has been a breakdown in the existing heater system but it is likely that it Will soon be possible to enforce fully the provisions of the order. The Government agreed to subsidise a third of the cost of the work entailed while the Power Board agreed to subsidise a further third, the consumer finding the balance. Present estimate of the installation cost is £7, but this will probably decrease as more changeovers are effected. The idea of the thermostat is to disconnect the electricity supply when the water reaches a certain temperature. This is estimated to result in an average saving over a year of 1000 units for every heater, when compared with the flat rate system. The meter ensures that the consumer pays for only what electricity is used. The installation of heaters under the flat rate system was dropped from the Power Board's policy about ten years ago and 15,000 water heaters in Auckland are already equipped with meters and thermostats.. i

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WATER HEATERS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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WATER HEATERS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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