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What is green hydrogen and how does it reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

November 5, 2019

Advertisement In early September 2019, Megan Woods, Minister of Energy and Resources New Zealand, revealed a plan where the government would utilise hydrogen to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is explained in a discussion document titled the Green Paper, which looks into how hydrogen could be used in the country’s broader energy and transport […]

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Technology tips for seniors

November 4, 2019

Many senior citizens rely on the Internet and technology, such as mobile phones and tablets, for their everyday communication and entertainment needs.  Though it can be incredibly helpful, the ever-changing nature of technology can be daunting for those unfamiliar with how it all works. Here are some simple technology tips for seniors wanting to make […]

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Electric pedal power: A guide to e-bikes

October 29, 2019

Electric-powered bikes, commonly referred to as e-bikes, are proving to be an increasingly popular way to get around, allowing cyclists to manually cycle while also providing a battery-powered boost, making the ride easier. E-bikes have emerged as an alternative means of transport, with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) noting via its Energywise website […]

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Bright ideas for installing your own lights

October 25, 2019

Advertisement If you’re planning a home renovation, you might assume that changing lighting fixtures has to go on the “hire a professional list”. Not so fast, you may be able to do the work yourself! Canstar Blue breaks down what electrical tasks are within the realms of DIY and when the law requires you to […]

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Android TV, Regular TV & Smart TV: What’s the difference?

October 24, 2019

The rise of the internet and mobile apps have led to technological advancements in consumer electronics. Android TVs and Smart TVs are now all the rage, as television sets have become more intelligent and complex. Here, we compare the differences between Android TVs, Smart TVs and regular TVs. Android TVs Android TVs are a type […]

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Hot water system: What to know before you buy?

October 22, 2019

According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, hot water heating makes up approximately 30% of the average household energy bill, so it’s important to make an informed decision when choosing the right water heating system. Types of hot water systems in New Zealand In New Zealand, there are three main types of hot water […]

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Media release: Television encourages next generation of Kiwi DIYers

October 22, 2019

Advertisement It seems television shows such as The Block are encouraging a new generation of Kiwis to give DIY a go. And while we are increasingly looking online for guidance when it comes to completing projects at home, we still value support and advice from our local hardware stores. In a study released today by […]

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Future transport: What are self-driving vehicles?

October 21, 2019

Self-driving vehicles are widely regarded as an integral component of the transport of the future, having the potential to radically overhaul the way we travel, and companies in the automotive sector are ramping up their efforts to bring new autonomous vehicle technologies to market. Trials are being conducted throughout the word, and significant investment is […]

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Understanding where your power comes from

October 21, 2019

Electricity is a basic necessity in Kiwi homes and though we use it every day, it’s likely not something we give too much thought to. In this article, Canstar Blue explains how electricity works and where our power comes from. How do consumers get electricity to their homes? The electricity industry in New Zealand can […]

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How to spot and avoid three common online scams

October 17, 2019

You’ve most likely heard of the inheritance scams where a “long lost relative” claims that you are about to come into a large sum of money, in exchange for your account details. While these scams are more well-known and, arguably, easier to spot, scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated. New Zealanders lost $33 million to online […]

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