How to save money (and the planet) with your hot water and heating

Marcus and his partner Lisa outside their off-grid home.

Reduce your power bill and your emissions with these sustainable hot water and heating solutions.

You know a product is the real deal when the person selling it is using it themselves. But Marcus Baker of Apricus Eco Hot Water and Heating was so enthusiastic about the Easypell Pellet Boiler, he installed one for central heating in his off-grid home despite already having an Apricus solar hot water system and Homewood wood range.

“All of our team have at least one of our systems in their homes,” he says. “The Easypell is perfect for me as it delivers a lot of heat and while using very little power.”

It’s one of several of Apricus’ eco hot water and heating products, which are all designed to reduce the user’s ongoing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. “Our products are an easy way to reduce your power bill because your single biggest load is almost always hot water,” he says.

Many households rely on mains gas or LPG bottles to heat their water. Both are fossil fuels and are increasingly expensive. Marcus says Apricus’ solutions provide an alternative for sustainably minded people to reduce their carbon footprint and insulate themselves from price instability in the gas market.

Easypell pellet boilers to heat your home and hot water cylinder.

“It’s an internationally traded commodity: if you look at what’s happening in Europe, gas is going up in price hugely,” Marcus says.

“If you don’t need gas to heat your water, you can just get a 9kg bottle for your gas hob and have a spare in the barbecue. We do that and probably change our gas bottle once every three months.”

Marcus’ customers include those with new builds or existing houses. In both cases, Apricus will provide the best advice about the most sustainable heating solutions for their homes.


• Provides hot water and central heating through underfloor pipes and radiators.
• Burns renewable, carbon-neutral wood pellets made from waste timber and sawdust in New Zealand: these cost around 13c per kWh (kilowatt hour).
• Produces 99% less emissions than gas.
• Uses around the same power as a TV: suitable for off-grid solar systems.
• Low maintenance: replace pellets once a week and empty ash once a month.


• Absorbs warmth from the air, amplifies it and transfers it to heat water using natural CO2 refrigerant.
• A great way to optimise electricity use from PV systems and off-peak power tariffs.
• Up to five times more efficient than a conventional hot water cylinder with an electric element.


• Uses roof-mounted evacuated tubes to capture and retain 95% of solar energy.
• Saves approximately a quarter of the regular power bill.
• Ideal system to combine with a wetback and for low pressure hot water systems.

Phone: 07 312 3382
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NZ Lifestyle Block This article first appeared in NZ Lifestyle Block Magazine.
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