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Healthy Homes gas heater swap

The Warehouse has launched a first-of-its-kind ‘Healthy Heater Swap’ – and is inviting anyone using a portable indoor LPG gas heater, to trade it in for an electric option for free. The ‘Healthy Heater Swap’ is running from 13 June to 3 July in 30 stores across NZ, Bookings are essential so read on to find out how to book your swap...

After being made aware of the damaging respiratory impacts of indoor LPG gas heaters, found in many New Zealand homes, The Warehouse decided it wanted to help tackle the problem, says The Warehouse Group’s Sustainability Lead, David Benattar.

“By encouraging Kiwis to remove unflued gas heaters from their homes and offering a free swap for a more energy-efficient and healthier alternative, we’re helping families ensure they have warm and healthier homes this winter.

“Indoor LPG gas heaters emit significant amounts of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, pollutants that can trigger asthma and other respiratory conditions. The heaters also release moisture and can be expensive to run, making them unhealthy for Kiwis and the environment, and is the reason why experts are calling for the switch to electric heating,” says Benattar.

The Healthy Heater Swap will see 1,800 11-fin electric heaters being made available for swapping. The Warehouse is also donating an additional 2,000 heaters to The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and Healthy Homes providers to support Kiwis who are most in need. 

All indoor LPG gas heaters will be accepted as part of the Swap no matter where they have been purchased. LPG bottles need to be removed. The returned heaters will be recycled through social enterprise All Heart NZ.

To swap your old heater for a new one, click here to book a time in selected stores beginning June 2022. There are five spaces per store on Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sundays.