Solar thermal panels provide an effective renewable source of hot water for your property, helping to reduce your energy bills and increasing the energy efficiency of your home.
Normally fitted to the roof of your house (on the side that faces most southerly), Solar Thermal Panels, when used in combination with your existing hot water system, can produce hot water all year round and save hundreds of pounds on your energy bills.
They work by absorbing and collecting heat from the sun and transfer that heat to water which is normally stored in an insulated cylinder. Most people also use a more conventional gas or immersion water heater in conjunction with this type of system, either to boost the heat of the water or to provide supplies when the panels are not collecting heat during times when solar radiation is low (night / winter / bad weather etc.).
If you are considering installing solar thermal panels for your home, although they don’t require very much maintenance (cleaning once or twice a year, but it is also prudent to have the panels inspected occasionally to check the integrity of the system and to spot any leaks that may develop over the years) is would be important to check the warranties on offer from the installer and to look into any maintenance agreements that could be included in the contract.
Heating your water from solar energy can help reduce your energy bills. According to the UK energy savings trust an average system could save up to £80 per year. (this will vary from house to house depending on the size & usage of the system installed).
There are other financial incentives for solar thermal. Some homeowners can receive a payment towards the installation cost from the RHP (Renewable Heat Payment scheme) and in mid 2013 a tariff payment scheme, the RHI or Renewable Heat Incentive, is due to be introduced by the government . This will provide an additional income to the householder.
Solar thermal systems can be installed on most houses, but it is important to have a proper survey done to see if your current heating system is compatible.
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