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Solar hot water
Solar thermal panels generate heat for your home and hot water and are not to be confused with PV systems, which exclusively provide free electricity.
Solar thermal panels are installed in a similar way to solar PV, on south or southwest facing rooftops for optimal efficiency. Installation will depend on how much hot water you need for your home, with a calculation of one square metre per person often appropriate.
Less efficient solar thermal collectors will require a greater space of your roof to be covered, and you’ll also need hot water cylinders, controls and necessary pipework.
What’s important is you’re not misled by dodgy salesman tactics. Consumer watchdog Which? say that tactics are often used to exaggerate potential savings with thermal panels, so comparing quotes is the best way to be sure.
There are currently no free solar panels schemes for thermal available.
Solar thermodynamics has become the leading product in the market, and they can provide heat for your home in temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. This means you’re assured of continuous hot water throughout the year.
With virtually no maintenance needed to ensure they operate efficiently throughout the year, solar thermodynamics are an effective form of hot water heating, reducing bills by up to 80% annually.
Benefits of a solar thermal panel system
Solar thermal is a different kettle of fish to PV solar panels and their benefits include:
Providing you with as much as a third of your annual hot water needs
This can save you hundreds of pounds every year on your heating, which take up over 60% of your annual energy bills
A possible fixed payment of 17.3p/kWh for seven years under the Renewable Heat Incentive
Maintenance costs are very low and warranties normally cover between five and ten years, guaranteeing a successful experience with solar thermal
Adding value to your home, with potential buyers attracted by the possibility to save money every year on energy bills
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions with a natural, environmentally friendly energy source
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Solar hot water activity in July 2015
Solar hot water Projects in the UK in July 2015
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Energy Performance of Houses
Homes are given an energy score dependent on how efficient they are and ratings are displayed in the data below. This varies from A, the most energy efficient, to G, the very least efficient. With a higher rating you're more likely to have cheaper energy bills as more heat will be retained in your home. You are able to improve your home's efficiency with insulation such as upvc double glazing, loft lagging or wall cavity insulation.